Many people in the Lowcountry have to make a choice each day: Skip a meal, eat less or less well in order to pay a bill, or purchase medicine. They are working one or more minimum wage jobs but just can’t make ends meet. One in seven residents in this area is unable to afford all the food they need and on any given day go without. This is called “food insecurity”. There is a high correlation between people who live with food insecurity and increased medical problems particularly diabetes.
There are many parts in the South Carolina Lowcountry considered “Food Deserts”, geographic areas where access to affordable, healthy food is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away. If you don’t have a car or access to public transportation, there is no way to obtain food.
Over 50 % of the children in the area are on free and reduced lunches; in some towns the number is as high as 100%. Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness, weakens their immune system and causes improper growth and development of their bodies and brain. Adequate nutrition is a factor in students being prepared to succeed in school and outside activities.
That is where Second Helpings can make a difference. Our volunteers provide food to people that would otherwise not have it. We have seen the demand for our food increase over the years and have expanded our area of service to help more people.
- We collect and distribute over 2.8 million pounds of food annually.
- We provide food to over 60 area agencies, churches and nonprofits.
- Over 45,000 people benefit from our food weekly.
We neither solicit nor accept payment for our food; it is free. We are not funded by the government. We rely on the generosity of donors in the community to fund our program.