Second Helpings


Second Helpings is a nonprofit food rescue and distribution network, helping to eliminate hunger in the Lowcountry. We work with our food providers and our distribution agencies to help those in need obtain nourishing food.

Second Helpings is many things to many people. We are a major resource for local food pantries and soup kitchens and we offer grocery stores a chance at community collaboration. But most importantly, we offer hope, stability and empowerment to people in our community that need help in getting the food they need. Started in 1991, Second Helpings volunteers now supply food to over 60 food pantries, soup kitchens nonprofit agencies and churches in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties. We are a network for surplus food to get from the grocery stores to the people that need help. This food would have been thrown away; instead we keep it from going our landfills and being wasted.

Our Food Network services three primary areas: Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort. Each Volunteer Team has a refrigerated truck to use for their assigned pickups and deliveries. The food gets picked up in the morning and is delivered the same day. The end goal is to make sure our Fulfillment Agencies can meet the needs of their clientele.

One of our agencies, Our Lady’s Pantry, in Beaufort, services over 75 people a day. We provide over 60% of their food. Hear what Pam Rice, the Director has stated about Second Helpings.

“Many times, particularly at the end of the month, I have called the Second Helpings office asking for food because we have simply run out. Usually the next day, sometimes within a few hours, the truck arrives with a full load of meats, fruit, vegetables and more. I simply couldn’t operate without their help.”

We can always use more help – financially, through volunteering on a Truck Team, or by helping us manage and expand our Network. The goal of our website is to keep all of our extended family up-to-date on what’s happening at Second Helpings in the Lowcountry and to help those considering a relationship with us to understand how and why we provide such a great service to the community. So look around and learn about Our Story, Our Food Network, how you can Help the Hungry and what’s Happening.