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OHIO donates significant quantity of food to Athens Food items Rescue

OHIO donated about 1,600 lbs . of foods to the Athens Food Rescue (AFR) about Thanksgiving split to benefit charities who feed the hungry.

AFR is an all-volunteer group that aims to increase squander food stuff diversion by accumulating leftover meals and transporting it to related non-financial gain corporations. OHIO Culinary Products and services Govt Director Frank Pazzanese said AFR is effective to manage consistently scheduled foodstuff pickups. Culinary Products and services donates to Athens Food stuff Rescue, which then distributes to other groups in will need, Pazzanese explained.

Just about every Culinary location has an assigned speak to person from AFR to set up the pickups. There are also conclusion-of-semester pickups that are far too huge for AFR storage and demand the assistance of other food items banking institutions to distribute the develop. Various charities in the course of Athens County acquired foodstuff donations.

  • The Bishopville Foods Pantry been given much more than 600 pounds from West 82 and Jefferson Market.
  • The Feed My Sheep Pantry gained a lot more than 400 lbs from Boyd Dining Corridor and Boyd Current market.
  • The Nelsonville Food stuff Cabinet acquired 95 pounds from The Front Space Coffeehouse.
  • Buddies and Neighbors Local community Decision Meals Middle of Coolville received almost 500 lbs from Nelson Dining Hall and Nelson Sector.

“Too lots of men and women do not get enough to take in, and we perform at the very least a partial function in offering food stuff to pantries and other companies which serve people in have to have,” AFR volunteer Fred Kight said.

OHIO has been a extensive-standing supporter of AFR. In early 2017, AFR approached OHIO’S Office environment of Sustainability with a request to rescue meals on campus from eating services and other foods venues. AFR Executive Director Teresa Curtiss and Vice President/Meals Protection Coach Adele Hanson met with representatives from that business office and Culinary Solutions. The final result was a pilot software commenced with eating halls.

Hanson said rescuing surplus food on campus started with mainly breads and food items that demanded no refrigeration. Most of the foodstuff was frozen for finest top quality. Dining hall administrators designated surplus merchandise that could be donated. The food items was saved so volunteers could choose it up weekly. Extra eating halls, markets, and cafes were being additional as time handed.

“I assume any time you can aid assistance individuals in require in any community, it helps make us all more powerful,” Pazzanese claimed.

Kight explained volunteers indication up for weekly shifts and get the job done those shifts by going to various donor sites all around Athens County to decide on up foodstuff. The volunteers produce the food stuff to the businesses AFR collaborates with.

“Our volunteers make it come about day in and working day out,” Kight stated. “They give their time and exertion, not to point out absorbing the charge of gasoline for all the miles that are pushed.

Any individual interested in mastering extra about AFR or volunteering can pay a visit to https://www.athensfoodrescue.com/get-associated/. All volunteers obtain schooling in food basic safety and handling.