Volunteering for a “shift” is easy and fun to do. Typically “shifts” only take less than an hour and you get to meet some of the most generous and grateful people.

Don’t have a car or want to help in a different way? E-mail us and we will apply your skills in other ways to help feed those in need in our community.

Our Funders

We have been able to continue our work thanks in part to grants from these foundations. We could not help feed those in need without support from the community!

Athens Food Rescue volunteers are working hard to help fight hunger in Athens County and the group is expanding its efforts in 2020.


“In 2019 we were able to rescue more than 37,000 pounds of food,” said AFR Executive Director Teresa Curtiss. That food was provided by donors and distributed to charities who serve people in need.


2019 was another growth year for Athens Food Rescue. There were more volunteers, more food was collected from generous providers and more agencies serving food, according to the annual report.

“We have 23 active volunteers with a couple more that are wanting to start and just haven’t been trained yet,” Curtiss said. The volunteer roster grew by six last year.

Those who lend a helping hand make deliveries to 21 recipient groups. That’s an increase of five from the year before.

“We added giving food to the libraries in Coolville, Glouster, Chauncey and Nelsonville,” Curtiss said. “Then we also added The Hive (a Nelsonville youth facility operated by Integrated Services for Behavioral Health).”

Ohio University’s Nelson Market and District Market, the Kindred Market, O’Bleness Hospital, and Seamans Super Market are now among the 13 routine donors. Seven others, including some OU fraternities and sororities, give surplus food on an occasional basis.

Last year also saw another successful Rubber Duck Derby fundraiser.  The event brought in $5,000, money which helped make it possible for AFR to start a new program.

“We buy near or expired food from stores,” explained Curtiss. “We have two grocery stores participating – Piggly Wiggly and Seaman’s.”

AFR makes the purchases at a deep discount, allowing the stores to get some return on the items which otherwise would be thrown away or returned to the manufacturer.  AFR then is able to provide this food to those in need.

What’s planned for 2020?

“There is still more need for food in our community so we intend to try and find more donors this year.” Curtiss said. “In addition, we plan to help one or two organizations purchase refrigerators so they can store food and further their programs,”

She added, “It’s wonderful to take a step back at the beginning of the year and look at the impact we are having: the environmental impact of saving food from the landfill, the impact we have on reducing hunger, and also the impact this work has on us, as the volunteers, to be able to serve our community.”

Anyone looking for more information or wanting to volunteer can visit AFR’s website at http://www.athensfoodrescue.com or checkout the group on Facebook.

Why participate in food rescue?

Help the Community

  • 1 in 6 American households are food insecure

  • Contributing to Athens Food Rescue helps feed hungry people in Athens with food that would otherwise go to waste

Improve Your Bottom Line

  • Reduce waste hauling fees

  • Cut costs by developing new waste reduction strategies

  • You may be eligible for an enhanced tax deduction

Bolster Sustainability

  • Food recovery helps reduce food waste, America’s largest waste stream

  • Organic waste emits methane, which is 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide*

  • Source reduction and donating food to feed people are the best ways to reduce food waste

Liability Protection

  • The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act protects all good faith food donors from liability

  • Thousands of businesses, universities, and even the federal government donate surplus food regularly

Learn more about food waste management with these resources:

If you would like to donate to Athens Food Rescue, you can send us a check to:

Athens Food Rescue, 11961 Peach Ridge Road, Athens, Ohio  45701

You can also donate to Athens Food Rescue by giving directly to The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in our name. Gifts to the Athens Food Rescue Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance.  You can find more about how to do this here.