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!

Volunteers from Athens Food Rescue have done it again. They have just made special deliveries, transporting hundreds of pounds of donated food that otherwise would have been wasted.
The seven volunteers worked on Friday and Saturday to help fill the shelves and refrigerators at area food pantries and social service agencies who then distributed the food to hungry Athens County residents.
The deliveries were made to Torch Feed My Sheep, Gathering Place, Hannah House and First United Methodist Church.
(Photo is Reba Robinson of Feed My Sheep and AFR volunteer Herman Carson.)
“One of our generous donors had extra dairy, meat and produce items to give away and our volunteers stepped up to get the job done,” said AFR Executive Director Nanda Filkin. “The timing was good since the Christmas holiday period is often difficult for some families with several mouths to feed.”
Athens Food Rescue is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit group. Our motto is Fighting Hunger by Reducing Food Waste.
If you’d like to know more about our efforts, visit our website – https://www.athensfoodrescue.com. You can sign up to volunteer and make a donation of money.
Contributing can also be done on AFR’s Facebook page and by sending a check (made out to Athens Food Rescue) to Nanda Filkin, 9 Applegate Drive, Athens, Ohio, 45701.


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, 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.