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!

For almost a year now Tom Quinn has been working to feed hungry people in Athens County.  And he’s been doing it during a pandemic.

“Even in these difficult times with the Coronavirus he has continued to volunteer,” said Athens Food Rescue Executive Director Teresa Curtiss.  “His efforts have helped us to continue our mission.”

Quinn, pictured in the polka-dotted mask, has been named Volunteer of the Month by AFR.

“To date he has picked up 870 pounds of food and delivered it to local charities,” Curtiss said.  “We greatly appreciate all of his time and effort.”

Quinn and other AFR volunteers pick up donated food and take it to local organizations which help people in need.  The service simultaneously reduces food waste.

“I’ve had the opportunity to pick up generous donations from Kindred Market and Ohio University’s Nelson Market and deliver them to caring communities such as The Gathering Place and the Nelsonville Food Cupboard,” said Quinn. “It’s a real feel-good experience for all: those who donate, those who receive and those who deliver.”

Quinn explains that he has a “nothing goes to waste” mentality and “a strong feeling that no one should go hungry, particularly while living in the wealthiest country on the globe.” These combine to make his involvement with Athens Food Rescue “a natural fit.”

Anyone wanting more information about volunteering and donating should go to 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.