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!

Pretty much every day of the week an Athens Food Rescue volunteer climbs into his or her car to deliver food to local folks who don’t get enough to eat. Last year that added up to about 49,000 pounds of food saved from the dumpster.

“It’s the most we have ever donated,” said Margaret Hoff, AFR treasurer. “The year before we donated 37,715 pounds, thanks to our wonderful volunteers and many local organizations.”

The food is provided by donors and distributed to charities who serve people in need. The Athens Food Rescue mission is to fight hunger by reducing food waste.

“We are happy about our contribution in this time of great need but regret that we couldn’t do more,” said Teresa Curtiss, AFR’s executive director.  “COVID has thrown a wrench into a lot of plans. And some volunteers felt uncomfortable going out into the community because of Covid.”

Some of the group’s projects have been cancelled or suspended because of the pandemic.

The current AFR effort is supported by 12 active AFR volunteers, 13 regular donors and 15 recipient groups.

Anyone looking for more information or wanting to volunteer can visit AFR’s website at athensfoodrescue.com or check out the group 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.