Second Helpings obtains grant for Fresh Food Initiative

Second Helpings LLC, located on Hilton Head Island, is proud to announce the receipt of a grant from Palmetto Project Lowcountry Ministries Fund to support the collection and distribution of perishable food and to deliver the produce to agencies in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.

“The importance of a nutritional diet is paramount in ensuring a healthy and productive population in the low country,” said Jan Malinowski, president of Second Helpings. “Our agency is very actively working with our partners and recipient agencies to expand a FRESH FOOD INITIATIVE.”

Second Helpings volunteer deliver over 48,000 pounds of food weekly to agencies who distribute the food to 22,000 people annually needing food for their families. Partners which include major retail food suppliers, daily provide meat, dairy and bread products but very little produce is available from these sources.

Current Fresh Food Initiative partners other than local retail includes Dempsey Farms and a number of local plantation plot
“This grant will have a major impact on collecting and distributing fresh vegetables and fruit to our agencies,” explained Malinowski.

LOWCOUNTRY MINISTRIES FUND

The Lowcountry Ministries Fund was created by Palmetto Project, a statewide 501 (C) (3) organization, in response to the senseless attack on a Bible study class at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. Its purpose is to address issues of social justice and economic empowerment in mostly rural, underserved areas of Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Jasper, Beaufort, and Charleston counties.