Your gift matters! Second Helpings will provide food to over 45,000 hungry people a week in the South Carolina Lowcountry this year. But we can’t do it alone! We rely on the generosity of people like you to help us help others through our food distribution program. No gift is too small; every donation makes a difference in a person’s life. For every $100 we receive, we are able to provide approximately $2,000 of food to people in need.

Second Helpings is a South Carolina Angel Charity

As part of enforcing of the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, the South Carolina Secretary of State each year chooses 10 charities to showcase their stewardship of the donations they receive. Second Helpings was chosen in to be showcased in 2013. A primary criteria to be designated an Angel Charity is the devotion of at least 80% of its total expenditures to directly to their charitable programs. We continued to use more than 80% of our donations directly to the accomplishment of our Mission. We encourage you to review our IRS 990 Annual Tax Exempt Form for our most recent year, 2014.

Tax Deductible Donations

There are a number of ways your tax deductible contributions can help sustain our good work now and in the future.

Donate Today

You can donate online or send a check to the address below.

Honorary or Memorial Gifts

We can’t think of a better way of honoring someone you love. We will mail a personalized Second Helpings card on your behalf. Provide us with the name and address of the person who should receive the card and we’ll do the rest! The tribute card will be mailed 5 to 7 business days after making your donation. Please contact our office administrator at 843- 689-3689. To send cards in honor of multiple people, please email the office administrator at

Tax Benefits of Contributing Securities

Giving stocks, bonds or other securities allows you to support Second Helpings while potentially realizing significant tax benefits. Stock and other security gifts are exempt from the long-term capital gains tax that would apply if you sold the shares and made a cash donation to Second Helpings. So donating stock directly to us is a great way to increase the impact of your dollars!

We maintain an endowment fund account at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry:

You or your broker may obtain investment transfer instructions from Nicki Charles, at the Community Foundation at 843-681-9100 regarding transfer of investments to Second Helpings Fund # 312.

Remembering Us in Your Will or Trust

Remembering Second Helpings in your will or revocable trust is a meaningful way to leave a legacy. These gifts make it possible for Second Helpings to plan ahead as we work to make sure that no one in our community goes hungry. Such a request could be expressed as a dollar amount or a conveyance of real or personal property.

Please consult with your legal counsel to help you with your will or trust.

Donor Privacy Policy

Second Helpings will:

  • Collect and use personal information from donors that incudes name, address, telephone number, email address, and amount donated.
  • Use donor’s contact information for these purposes only:
    • Communications to donors:
      • Receipts for donations.
      • Donation ‘thank you’ correspondence.
      • Notice of events, activities, and fund raisers.
      • Changes in policy relevant to donors or donations.
    • Internal use for analysis and record keeping based on need-to-know.
    • Required reporting to government agencies or partnership agencies.
  • Not publish, sell trade, rent or share our donor’s personal information to any external person or organization.

Second Helpings outgoing mass emails and eblasts to our donor list will contain a one-click unsubscribe button.  Our email lists are opt-in, and do not include names or email addresses scraped or acquired from other sources.

Donors and others may contact Second Helpings at to update or delete their communication contact preferences at any time.

Additional Information

Please contact our CFO for more information.