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!

Good Works has provided food and shelter to the homeless since 1981.  Athens Food Rescue is proud to have helped supply some of that food with deliveries to both of the shelter’s area locations.

AFR is a go-between for generous donors and local charities. The donors have extra food and the charities make it available to people in need.

“On an average year, Good Works provides around 21,000 meals to those who struggle with homelessness, hunger and food insecurity,” said Good Works Founder and Executive Director Keith Wasserman.  “Athens Food Rescue has been a significant help to those we serve by providing healthy food…”

Some of the donated food is for Good Works’ Friday Night Life.

“This once-a-week community dinner provides a nutritious meal and gives us an opportunity to send take home food with those who sign up for it,” Wasserman said.  “Many of the bags going home are filled in part by the food we get from AFR.  We truly value our partnership with them.”

For more information about Good Works, visit www.good-works.net.

More information about Athens Food Rescue and its mission of fighting hunger by reducing food waste is available at athensfoodrescue.com and on Facebook.

AFR is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are 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, 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.