News & Events

Share the Bounty – September 29

Join us for our Share the Bounty event on September 29, 2016 and help Fight Hunger in a Big Way.

Hosted by Jesse Blanco, star of “Eat It and Like It” on WSAV, it will be a fun-filled evening with:

  • Dinner and Bar
  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • Fun Surprises

Join us at Windows on the Waterway in the Skull Creek Marina for a grand evening by Celebrations Catering and Events.

Tickets are $100 per person
Call the Second Helpings office at 843-689-3689 to reserve your seat now!

All proceeds support the Second Helpings Food Rescue Program
We feed thousands of people every week and over 22,000 people annually in the Lowcountry!

See and print our event flyer.

Become a Food Waste Warrior

Today, Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day and it made me realize how fortunate I am to work for Second Helpings, one of the “greenest” organizations in the Lowcountry.   Our volunteers are not your average helpers; they are mighty Food Waste Warriors.  They collect over 2.8 million pound of surplus food annually.

1-DSC_0025So, what kinds of food do they liberate and repurpose?  Is it bad, spoiled, or stale?  Not at all.  It’s meat, dairy products, produce, bread and grocery items that are excess stock or have hit their “sell by date”.   I think the phrase “sell by date” is the biggest misnomer in America.  The terms “sell by”, “use by” or “best before” are just guidelines.  Most food will stay good for days, even weeks after the date on the package (infant formula may be the only exception). If the food looks normal, smells good and tastes okay, then it’s should be fine.

The sad reality is that 40 percent of food produced in the United States today goes uneaten. This means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, and the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills.  The average American family throws away $1,500 worth of food per year!

So in honor of Earth Day, I challenge you all to be Food Waste Warriors.  Take a few minutes and think of ways you can reduce the amount of food you throw away.  Below are some great sites that can help you with your food rescue resolution.  Your efforts will help you, your community, your country and your earth.

http://parade.com/470021/alison-ashton/6-ways-to-cut-waste/
http://www.thinkeatsave.org/index.php/top-tips-on-reducing-food-waste/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/reduce-food-waste_n_6186410.html

2015 Impact of Second Helpings

Our volunteers and partners made 2015 our most successful year yet!

The Impact Report shows how your support makes Second Helpings’ program possible.  Every pound of food we deliver, every person we feed, every agency we stock — we can do this because caring businesses and people like you made a donation to support Second Helpings. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you.

2015-Impact-Report