Volunteer

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!

Always willing to help. That’s the kind of person you want on your team and that’s
what Tom Quinn is for Athens Food Rescue.

So it’s no surprise that Quinn is the AFR Volunteer of the Month. (Pictured on right with another AFR volunteer – Joanne Bray.)

“He picks up from donors at Ohio University and delivers to volunteers from
Bishopville and Torch food pantries,” said Food Rescue Executive Director Nanda
Filkin. She nominated Quinn for the award.

“He is usually available last minute,” Filkin added, and “we thank him for all his
hard work and effort getting the OU donors coordinated.”

AFR delivers donated food to agencies for distribution to Athens County residents
who don’t get enough to eat. The food comes from several generous partners.

“I am one of seven children and ‘Waste not, want not’ was a frequent mantra
shared in my household,” said Quinn. “Combine this with a strong feeling that no
one should go hungry, particularly while living in the wealthiest country on the
globe. It makes Athens Food Rescue a natural fit for me.”

Quinn added, “Take food that would otherwise go to waste and get it to those who
need it. It’s so simple, but can make such a difference.”

If you would like to become a volunteer go to AFR’s website –
https://www.athensfoodrescue.com. You can also go there to make a donation of
money to help support the group’s operations.

“I encourage anyone with interest to get involved in Athens Food Rescue,” Quinn
said. “It’s a real feel-good experience for all: those who donate, those who receive
and those who deliver.”

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 Dr., Athens,
Ohio, 45701.

Money given to AFR is tax deductible.

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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.