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Top Ten States with the Highest Grocery Bills

This is one “Top Ten” list that South Carolina doesn’t want to be on, but we are.  In fact, we’re in second place.  We share this dubious honor with states like Hawaii and Alaska that have high delivery costs, but we don’t have that excuse. selected ingredients for a simple dinner for a family of four: chicken breasts, potatoes, apples and milk. The average nationwide cost for this meal is about $15 but in SC the cost is $24.11.  The primary issues in South Carolina are availability and access, compounded by poverty.

Grocery companies build stores in large metropolitan areas, leaving many small towns and rural areas (much of South Carolina) without close-by stores to purchase healthy food.  It is common for people in these “Food Deserts” to have to travel 10, 20 or more miles to find a full-service market with a wide selection of fresh produce.  Lack of public transportation compounds the problem.  Finally, Jasper and Hampton Counties have wide levels of deep poverty for a host of reasons not readily overcome.

The problems of hunger and poverty are complex and there are no easy solutions. For many people in our service area, Second Helpings is essential to their getting enough food.  We are always looking for ways to improve our service.  Any suggestions, ideas, or help you can offer would be appreciated.

Click on the link to read the full article about the Top Ten List.

As the saying goes “It takes a village” but in our case a farm

Our “Village” is Dempsey Farms out on St. Helena Island.  As part of our mission and our Expanded Food Source Initiative, Second Helpings is always seeking out new food sources. High on our list are ones that provide fresh produce.  We are proud to have them as our newest food donation partner.

Dempsey Farms has been a family run business for almost 60 years, started shortly after J.W. Dempsey moved his young family to Beaufort. Dempsey-Farms-TruckThey primarily sold their produce to businesses until the poor economic conditions in the early 70’s forced them to rethink their business model and convert to a U- Pick It Farm. They currently have around 170 acres of land just off of Sea Island Parkway where they grow all kinds of beautiful vegetables and fruits (green beans, strawberries, squash, corn, melon tomatoes and peppers).  Ted, a retired educator runs the farm stand and he has a variety of fresh picked vegetables ready to purchase for those who’d prefer not to venture into the fields.  I was fortunate enough to pick up some big juicy strawberries, beans and squash. Half the green beans never made it back home, but instead were eaten on the way back to the Second Helpings office.  Munching on those beans brought me back to my childhood when my mother would pile all eight kids in the big station wagon and take us to the local farm in New Jersey to purchase our vegetables and enjoy the fresh air.  Yes, NJ has farms; it is known as the Garden State!

Dempsey-Farms-VeggiesWe can’t thank them enough for partnering with us in our quest to end hunger in the Lowcountry. As you can see, their vegetable donations are beautiful even though they are considered either too big, too small, not pretty enough to sell or just excess inventory.  However, to us and all the people we feed, they are just perfect!  Visit their website or like them on Facebook to learn more about their wonderful farm and delicious vegetables (

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.