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!

There’s a new person – but an old hand – leading Athens Food Rescue. Nanda Filkin has taken over from Teresa Curtiss as executive director of the group.

Curtiss founded Athens Food Rescue seven years ago.  Filkin was there to help and signed on as a board member.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time helping to bring this organization to life in our community,” said Curtiss.  “I feel we’ve not only helped feed those in need, but also provided meaningful work for our volunteers.”

She added, “New avenues in my life have opened up and I need to make time to explore those. It’s been a pleasure watching our little organization grow. I’m leaving the organization in the very capable hands of Nanda.”

Filkin says she’s always been interested in food security, nutrition and the prevention of food waste and she hopes to “make a difference” as AFR’s executive director.

“Athens Food Rescue works to bridge the gap between area businesses, farmers and restaurants and local food kitchens, pantries and people in need,” she explained.  “Together we have saved over 220,000 pounds of food from being wasted. This equates to approximately 180,000 meals.”

Athens Food Rescue currently has 12 volunteers who pick up from about 10 locations and deliver to 15 area sites. Curtiss will stay involved as secretary.

Anyone interested in chipping in can contact Filkin at athensfoodrescue@gmail.com. And monetary donations to Athens Food Rescue can be sent to her at 9 Applegate Drive, Athens, 45701.

Contributing can also be done on AFR’s Facebook page and there’s more information at AFR’s website, https://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, 9 Applegate Dr., 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.