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Athens Food Rescue is a non-profit organization that aims to bridge a gap in our food system by increasing food waste diversion. We redistribute surplus food from donors to those in need, such as the hungry, homeless, or low income people. This promotes environmental health by reducing solid waste transported to landfills and decreases food insecurity in our region by providing meals to those in need.
We go into grocery stores, restaurants, or anywhere there is potential for surplus food that would likely get thrown away. Our volunteers collect the food and immediately transport it to a local charity in the Athens community. These food "shifts", as we call them, take an hour or less to do a week and are very rewarding. It feels good knowing that this food once destined for the landfill is now going to feed people who really appreciate it.