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!

Too often the news we read, see and hear is bad.  But Athens Food Rescue is pleased to report good news.

The 14 volunteers of AFR delivered a whopping 47,000 pounds of food last year.

The food came from several donors.  It was delivered pretty much every day to agencies for distribution to Athens County residents who don’t get enough to eat.

Ohio University, Piggly Wiggly, Kindred Market, Athens Bread Company, and O’Bleness Hospital, among others, regularly provided food.  Others – both individuals and businesses – provided money for Athens Food Rescue expenses.

Thank you.

And thanks also to the agencies which distribute the food.  They include The Gathering Place, Nelsonville Food Cupboard, Bishopville Food Pantry and Timothy house and several others.

We plan to continue our efforts to fight hunger, which have a second benefit — reducing food waste.  The food transported by AFR would have otherwise been dumped, taken to a landfill.

If you support this kind of work, consider becoming a volunteer or making a donation. Money given to AFR is tax deductible.

Contributing can done on our Facebook page.  Or send us a check made out to Athens Food Rescue and addressed to 35 Charles St., Athens, Ohio 45701.

You can also donate to Athens Food Rescue by making a gift to The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in our name.

Athens County is a special place to live.  Please help keep it that way by assisting Athens Food Rescue.

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.