Share the Bounty Raises Essential Funds for Second Helpings

Second Helpings, the only area organization that provides food free-of-charge to partner agencies, rallied businesses and donors to raise essential funds for operational support at its Share the Bounty event on Sept. 20. The Sea Pines Resort was the presenting sponsor for the evening where attendees bid on donated auction items and contributed funds to provide for the maintenance of Second Helpings’ eight refrigerated trucks that are used to pick up and deliver food to agencies in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

Carol Spengler and Margie Tomczak
Jan Malinowski, Board President and Lili Coleman, Executive Director

During the evening, the prestigious Founder’s Awards were presented. Sam’s Club of Bluffton, represented by general manager John Franklin, received the Food Donor of the Year award. In 2017, Sam’s Club donated 269,365 pounds of food from the former Hilton Head Island location and the new location in Bluffton. Already this year, Sam’s has surpassed its previous year’s amount and has donated close to 300,000 pounds of food.

The supporter of the Year honors was presented to Palmetto Electric Cooperative, a member-owned utility company that provides electric services to residents and businesses in the three counties in which Second Helpings operates. Palmetto Electric’s support of Second Helpings includes allocating funding to provide fresh produce in Hampton County and funding the purchase of a truck three years ago. On behalf of Palmetto Electric Trust Chairman John E. Kirkland and the members of the coop, Tray Hunger, vice president of marketing and public relations, accepted the award.

Nancy Landry and Larry Landry, board member

In addition to The Sea Pines Resort, other sponsors of the evening were: Lindsay Bunting, Harriette and Martin Carter, Jennifer and Joe Nahman, Palmetto State Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors, Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort, and Coastal Plains Insurance. Accurate Lithograph contributed printing support. Local musicians David Carroll and Jarrod Valenti entertained guests during the evening. The list of auction contributors is available on the Second Helpings website.

Jo Pender of Hilton Head Island chaired the event.


A special thank you to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Robin Nieto, NEON CRM Consultant for Second Helpings proved a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to bring Second Helpings donor records into the next century, is priceless.

Robin Nieto working on our Neon CRM system.

In the past eight months, thanks to this grant award provided by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in the winter of 2017, Second Helpings donor records are now up-to-date and communication with all supporters has vastly improved and can be done electronically.

Among the things accomplished with this very valuable grant include:

  • All donor records are current and are being successfully tracked.
  • The Second Helpings NEON CRM “playbook” is complete and serves as a useful reference.
  • Agency specific policies and procedures are in place to make sure all records remain consistent and protected.
  • The consultant assisted with creating a monthly giving program and a major donor campaign.
  • Thank you letters have been created and updated quarterly with heart-felt stories for all campaigns and gifts.
  • Grant history and tracking has been completed as well as “reminders” sent directly to the executive director’s email address to make sure no deadlines are missed.
  • We are currently using the event tracking tools for our upcoming annual event SHARE THE BOUNTY and we are prepared for next year’s HUNGER GAMES.

“This grant and our experience working with Nieto far surpassed our expectations.  The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry grant committee should be commended for their vision and support of this program.  Its impact will be felt for years to come,” said Lili Coleman, executive director.

Coleman went on to say that the staff and members of the board have been trained on NEON CRM and they are utilizing the tools in the system.  They can see reports and know instantly were Second Helpings stand with support for the mission to fight hunger in the low country.

The Spice and Tea Exchange supports Hunger Action Month

The Spice & Tea Exchange, located in Coligny Plaza, 1 North Forest Beach Drive in Hilton Head, is embracing Hunger Action Month in September with a monthlong canned food drive and giveback day. With a mission of “creating and sharing the experience of a more flavorful life,” proprietors Jaimie and Eric Burns focus on bringing people together over food, and they chose Second Helpings as beneficiary of their September charity event because of the shared food goals. “People behind the scenes need help. Our connection with Second Helpings will do just that,” said Jaimie. Make sure you visit The Spice & Tea Exchange and support Second Helping during the month of September.