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 this month is honoring the Nelsonville Food Cupboard, which has been serving those in need in Athens County since 1989.

“I don’t know what the Nelsonville and surrounding area would do without the dedication of Margaret Sheskey and Larry Lafferty,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR’s executive director.  “We have worked with both of them for several years now and have formed a great partnership.”

AFR collects leftover and unused food from donors and transports it to the Nelsonville food pantry and other food pantries and charities around Athens County.  This enables them to provide periodic food giveaways to folks that need help.

Athens Food Rescue has helped the cupboard receive more than 15,000 pounds of food over the years.

“We are very grateful for the contributions of Athens Food Rescue in helping us reduce hunger in Athens County,” said Sheskey, a volunteer.  “Their hard work helps us feed many hungry families.”

Like Athens Food Rescue, the Nelsonville Food Cupboard is an all-volunteer organization.  The Cupboard is located at 421 Chestnut Street in Nelsonville.

Food distributions are held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 3pm and curbside service is offered.  All area residents are welcome, not just those from Nelsonville.

AFR’s aim 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.