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!

Almost every day, Athens Food Rescue and the group’s partners are helping to feed homeless and hungry people in Athens County.  One of those partners is OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital.

“Our hospital sees the need to support the community however we can,” said Dawn Bennett-Roach, Associate Manager for Nutrition Services at O’Bleness.  “Providing food is just one of those ways we can help.”

Bennett-Roach (pictured) added, “It has been a great opportunity to donate food that we would have otherwise not found a purpose for.”

The hospital has given frozen milk and produce to Athens Food Rescue, which is honoring O’Bleness with a donor spotlight award for August.

“They have donated over 2500 pounds since November 2018,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR’s executive director.

AFR volunteers pick up food gifted by O’Bleness and other generous donors and deliver it to local charities.  The group’s mission is to fight hunger and at the same time reduce food waste.

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.