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 County Public Libraries welcomes everyone, including kids who want an after-school snack, and Athens Food Rescue helps make that possible.

AFR volunteer Adele Hanson (pictured, right) often takes surplus food to the Chauncey, Glouster and Nelsonville branches of the library system.

“Librarians may use the food – normally snack food – in programming, for after school snacks or to stock the library blessing box,” said Hanson. “Librarians have a unique and keen insight in their communities to recognize food insecurity.”

“I know that the whole library system appreciates all the work that Athens Food Rescue does across our communities,” said Liz Hill, (pictured, left) the branch manager at Chauncey, where The Oatmeal Project has been popular.

“Athens Food Rescue brought some single-serve oatmeal with dried blueberries to the library, and we offered it to the kids as an after-school snack,” explained Hill.  “Honestly, I was not expecting it to be super-popular, but the kids loved it.”

After the original donation ran out, the library tried to keep oatmeal on hand.

“It’s easy and warming on a cold day,” Hill said.  And “adults also enjoy it.”

Hanson and other AFR volunteers pick up food from donators and deliver it to agencies for distribution to Athens County residents who don’t get enough to eat. It’s a nearly every day occurrence.

Donations are much appreciated and volunteers are welcome.  There’s information about how at AFR’s website, https://www.athensfoodrescue.com.

Contributing can also be done on our Facebook page and by sending a check (made out to Athens Food Rescue) to 35 Charles St., Athens, Ohio 45701.

Money given to AFR is 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, 35 Charles St., 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.