Volunteer

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 would like to thank Anne Bentley for assisting in the fight against hunger in Athens County.  She is AFR’s Volunteer of the Month.

Bentley is one of our newest helpers. She got involved this year after moving to Athens County from Columbus in 2018.

“Anne has pitched in when other volunteers have been on vacation and couldn’t rescue the food,” said Teresa Curtiss, executive director of AFR. “She has picked up over 50 pounds in the short time she has been with us.”

“I’ve always had interest in helping my community with food insecurity issues,” Bentley said. “While in Columbus, I was a volunteer at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.”

Athens Food Rescue transports food from participating restaurants, groceries and other local food facilities to area charities who feed folks in need.   This way the food is not thrown away and wasted.

“Athens Food Rescue has provided me with a great opportunity to meet new people and local vendors one-on-one while also getting to know the layout of the city,” said Bentley.  “Everyone I’ve met to-date has been very generous and grateful for the efforts of the AFR program.”

Bentley is retired from Abbot Nutrition.  She and her husband Jay live in Shade with three Australian Shepherd dogs.

Want more information or interested in becoming a volunteer?  Visit AFR’s website at 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.