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Athens Food Rescue Fund

In the United States, we benefit from a surplus of food, yet we are surrounded by food insecurity – this means some of us don’t know where our next meal will come from. One in six people in our country are food insecure.

Athens County is the most food insecure county in Ohio, with 20.4% citizens suffering from food insecurity, compared to the national average of 14% and the state average of 16%. These statistics serve as a call to action to address food insecurity in our communities; Athens Food Rescue is working locally to do just that.

Athens Food Rescue works hard to address food insecurity in Athens County and the surrounding communities. To further this work, Athens Food Rescue has partnered with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to create the Athens Food Rescue Fund in an effort to grow the dollars that fuel their mission and to help sustain their work.

Athens Food Rescue is an all-volunteer group that aims to bridge the gap in our food system by increasing food waste diversion. They do this by collecting leftover and unused food from partners and transport it immediately to local food pantries and other charities that serve those impacted by food insecurity. Athens Food Rescue partners with businesses, both corporate and local, in the Athens area. These businesses include:

  • Athens Bread Co.
  • Bob Evans
  • Brenen’s
  • Chipotle
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Dr. May’s Thai Kitchen
  • Farmacy
  • Kindred Market
  • Ohio University
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Witten Farm Stand
  • Zoe

The Athens Food Rescue works tirelessly to improve an insidious problem in our own backyard. The United States benefits from a surplus of food, but the work of volunteers through groups like Athens Food Rescue ensures that the surplus goes to good use and helps those that need it most.

Athens Food Rescue invites others in the community to join the fight against food insecurity and waste by investing in the Athens Food Rescue Fund. Gifts to the Athens Food Rescue Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. Donations can be made online here by designating the Athens Food Rescue Fund  when donating. To mail your donation, please designate the Athens Food Rescue Fund and mail to PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.