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No Day Off at Second Helpings

This Martin Luther King Jr Holiday, the volunteers and staff at Second Helping rolled up their sleeves and met the immediate need to rescue food and make a special delivery today to some 250 federal employees who work at the prison in Estill.

When the call came last Friday asking for assistance, a decision was made over the weekend not to wait until Tuesday to help these people.  Over 3,000 pounds of meats, bread, produce, sweets and pizzas were unloaded off two Second Helpings trucks, with the help of the acting prison warden, his staff and even his chef.  The load included 57 turkeys donated by the Walmart on Lady's Island.

The young couple, who live in Bluffton and both federal employees at the prison, met the two trucks in Bluffton and led the way to the facility.  They are the heroes and like them, many of these federal employees need our support.  Special thank you to Second Helpings staff and volunteers who raised their hands over the weekend to volunteer for this effort to help our neighbors who work for the federal government.  Many of the federal employees live in our neighborhoods, especially in Bluffton and Beaufort.

Donations to Second Helpings will help continue weekly deliveries until the government shutdown ends.

Gift cards will also be accepted.  A special thank you to the six donors who gave over the weekend.  Please email execdirector@secondhelpings.org  if you do make a donation.  Let us know your name and date of gift through Paypal.  We will make sure you receive a proper thank you.

Lili Coleman
Executive Director


Superbowl of Caring for Second Helpings - Feb. 2

On Saturday, Feb 2nd from 12 pm to 4 pm Coligny Plaza will host a SouperBowl of Caring fundraiser to benefit Second Helpings – a local charity that “rescues” food from local grocery stores and delivers it to food pantries in our area for those in need. The event will take place at Coligny Plaza in the area between FISH Casual Coastal Seafood and Skillets. Local restaurants will be serving up their favorite soups for participants to taste and enjoy. The event costs $10 and all proceeds will go to support Second Helpings. Tickets can be purchased at the event, or advanced tickets can be purchased here. The event will also feature music by The Matt Brantley Band!

The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Its vision is to transform Super Bowl weekend (the weekend of the first Sunday in February) into America’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving. Young people collect monetary and food donations during the week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. 100% of the money and food is then given directly to local charities of the group’s choice.

Started at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, the Souper Bowl of Caring has branched out to include schools, businesses and congregations of all faiths. Together, they have raised more than $50 million in monetary and food donations. In 2008 alone, more than 14,000 groups collected over $10 million.

The Souper Bowl of Caring has gained national attention, securing partnerships with nine different NFL Teams, in addition to finding National Advocates in former President and Mrs George H.W. Bush and former President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter.


Food Lion Feeds Foundation Awards Grant to Second Helpings

Second Helpings has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents.  Second Helpings will use the gift to provide healthy food choices to their 60 agencies for distribution to those in need.

“Second Helpings board and recipients of healthy choices express appreciation for the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation gift,” said Lili Coleman, executive director.  “At a recent agency conference, our agency leaders requested more healthy choices and told us the fresh produce and extra protein fly off their shelves.”

“Second Helpings, in the past two years, has worked with local farms and wholesalers to acquire additional produce and protein for those facing food insecurity with grant money from organizations like Food Lion.  Our food donors are amazing at providing produce they don’t sell every day, but our data demonstrates the things most needed, protein and produce, sell at the grocery stores and are not readily available for donation in the quantity that is needed for those in need. This funding will be used to obtain additional produce and protein from the local Food Lion stores.”

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants.



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