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Tackle Hunger and Sample Soup at 2nd Annual SouperBowl of Caring

Chefs at Coligny Plaza restaurants on Hilton Head are pulling out their best soup recipes to benefit Second Helpings food rescue. It’s all in preparation for the second annual SouperBowl of Caring event on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 12 noon to 4 pm at Coligny Plaza. 

Oyster Stew from FISH Casual Coastal Seafood, Shrimp Andouille and Sausage Corn Chowder from Big Bamboo Café, and Skillets’ Pimento Cheese and Broccoli are among the delicious soups to be available for sampling that day. Coligny restaurants participating are Sandbar Beach Eats, Frosty Frog, Big Bamboo, Skillets, FISH Casual Coastal Seafood and Lucky Rooster Market Street.  Amie Baima from Skillets said the participation by locals who attended last year was indicative of the tremendous support for Second Helpings in the community. She looks forward to an even bigger crowd on Feb. 1! 

In addition to soup, there will be live music by Pretty Darn, a local guitar and percussion duo. Beverages will be available from Coligny restaurants. 

Coligny owner JR Richardson said the merchants and restaurants are excited to offer the SouperBowl event for the second year. “This is a way for our community to come together to support those who need our help. It’s a great event that draws hundreds of Hilton Head Island locals supporting Second Helpings.”  

Just like in 2019, Richardson said there will be volunteers on hand to talk about the need for food assistance in the Lowcountry and to recruit additional Second Helpings volunteers. Second Helpings is a volunteer-driven organization with more than 340 individuals picking up and delivering food to soup kitchens and food pantries in the three-county area. 

Tickets to the event are $10 per person and can be purchased at the event or ahead of time through a Facebook link at https://www.facebook.com/events/2487407961586401

The SouperBowl of Caring is a national event that is designed to “transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.” The first SouperBowl of Caring took place in Columbia, SC, in 1990. Since then, millions have been raised to support hunger relief charities around the country. 

Second Helpings collects and distributes food valued at $5.5 million from 50 food donors and given to 57 agencies in Jasper, Beaufort, and Hampton counties. It is estimated that approximately 48,000 meals are provided weekly through Second Helpings’ food rescue. 

Volunteers and donations are critical to Second Helpings operations since the organization is entirely supported by grants and donations. To find out how you can get involved, go to http://www.secondhelpingslc.org/help-the-hungry


16-20 Hours a Week of Volunteer Time Helps Spread the Love to Hilton Head Workforce

This holiday season, our energetic and dedicated FILL THE NEED volunteers carefully lined up the abundance of hams, fresh fruit, vegetables and loaves of bread last Thursday to humbly offer these food items to the many local workers who ride the Palmetto Breeze Transit buses to work in our local community.  These pictures so perfectly demonstrate the love that goes into this two-year-old program carried out every Thursday by 30 +volunteers and staff from Second Helpings and Palmetto Breeze Transit, overseeing the program.

Those receiving food are so grateful for the bags provided by Sonesta Resorts that offers them a safe and convenient way to transport their groceries back to their homes.  The hams were provided through a grant from Food Lion.

This past week the volunteers sported holiday headbands, red sweaters, and warm outerwear to brave the nip in the air.  This operation has taken over one of the bus bays providing the volunteers and those receiving food with shelter from the cold during this winter season, and relief from the sun during the hotter months.

Palmetto Breeze staff contribute tender-loving care and dedication to this food distribution.  They sort through food that has passed its prime and donates that food to one they refer to as the "chicken lady."

The smiles were contagious between those volunteering and those receiving food.  This program is a tribute to all who give and receive.  Second Helpings thanks our food donors, our community partners, and our FILL THE NEED volunteers, especially Margie Tomczak, Second Helpings volunteer coordinator of this program.

Special red goodie bags with toiletries and treats were among the items distributed last Thursday.  These bags were created by youth from Holy Family Catholic Church Seventh Grade Religious Education Class.  We can't wait to see what 202o brings.


Beaufort Memorial Hospital joins the businesses providing rescued food to Second Helpings

We welcome Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the largest hospital between Savannah and Charleston, to our list of businesses and organizations that find value in rescuing food and providing the food to those in need.

On December 20th, Kelley Eby, our Beaufort Coordinator joined forces with volunteer Dorian and the staff at the hospital to load the truck with collected food and the food was delivered to First African Baptist Church of Beaufort.  Beaufort Memorial staff helped load the truck and volunteers from the church were on hand to offer muscle to unload the truck.

Special thank you to Ms. Linda Jackson, and Linda Brown.  They were thrilled to add this bounty to their food pantry offerings this holiday season.


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