Athens Food Rescue fights food insecurity in the Athens community while diverting food from landfills.

Often restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and stores, have food items that they deem as waste and throw away. These items can be at expiration, slightly blemished, excess leftover at the end of the day. All this food can still be perfectly edible and acceptable for donation. In these same communities there are organizations that struggle to feed all who come to their doors. A food rescue group collects this food “waste” just-in-time from donors and redistributes it to local charities.

That’s where Athens Food Rescue happens.

Our work happens in two steps:


Athens Food Rescue works with the food facility to determine the best time to safely and efficiently pick up the food donation. Our trained volunteers then transport the food directly to a local charity. These pickups or “shifts” that volunteers go on take less than an hour and are very simple to do!


The volunteer delivers the donated food immediately to a local charity. Upon arrival the employees look over the donated items and store them in the appropriate location. It is just that easy!

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

Athens Food Rescue, P.O. Box 1143., 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.