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 is pleased to announce that Michael Williford is the group’s Volunteer of the Month.

“We really appreciate our volunteers, more than ever this year,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR’s executive director.  “Michael has been one of those volunteers that stand out because of his dedication to our cause even in this pandemic.”

Williford has been with Athens Food Rescue for almost a year and a half. He joined because its mission is one he believes in.

“Food insecurity is a persistent problem in our community,” he said.  “I hate that good food goes to waste every day from markets and restaurants while people in our own community go hungry. The food rescue is a simple but elegant solution to help solve that problem.”

Rescuing food means saving it from the dumpster–delivering leftovers to local charities from area donors.

“I thank the donors I have worked with – Witten (Produce Market) and Kindred Market – for their generosity,” Williford said.

Williford has done 81 pickups and delivered 846 pounds of food, according to Curtiss.  She also reported that Witten – which recently closed for the season – had given away more than 2450 pounds of produce this year.

Athens Food Rescue is an all-volunteer organization.  Its website is at www.athensfoodrescue.com, where anyone interested can get more information and sign up to volunteer.

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 AFR by giving directly to The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in our name. Gifts to the Athens Food Rescue Fund are tax deductible.

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.