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!

Mondays are busy days for Tom Murray and his fellow volunteers at the First United Methodist Church.  It’s a day for feeding Athens’ hungry.

Monday Lunch provides a free, nutritious meal for anyone who wants one and it’s the Athens Food Rescue spotlight recipient for December.

Athens Food Rescue helps with provisions for the lunch.  AFR volunteers deliver food provided by generous community donors.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Tom for the past two years,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR executive director. “During that time period we have facilitated the transfer of nearly 13,000 pounds of food to his group. We are grateful to have the ability to support the Monday Lunch program.”

“Pre-Covid, Monday Lunch for several years received two drop-offs per week with between 20 and 60 pounds of produce, desserts and frozen foods,” Murray said.  “Since mid-June we have been receiving generally one to two large donations per month of frozen milk and juices.”

Normally, the meal would be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall but these days the food is handed-out by curbside pickup only.  Participants should call the night before to place an order and then plan to arrive at the front of the church from noon to 1pm.

The number to call is 740-593-3977, extension 1.  Or contact Murray at Murrayt@ohio.edu.

Athens Food Rescue is an all-volunteer organization which collects leftover and unused food from partners and transports it to local food pantries and other charities. The mission is to avoid food waste and help those in need.

If you’d like to donate or lend a hand, visit AFR’s website —  www.athensfoodrescue.com .


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.