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Raffle to Portugal to Benefit Second Helpings

Escape to Fuseta, Algarve Coast of Portugal!
Just 300 tickets will be sold! $100 each

Link to buy tickets:

Purchase tickets today to win a week’s stay in a condo in Fuseta, Portugal plus $2000 towards airfare.  Your email confirmation is your receipt.  

Your Prize: Win a week’s stay for up to four people in a condo overlooking the sea in the old fisherman’s town of Fuseta on the Algarve Coast of Portugal. Plus, Second Helpings will provide $2,000 towards airfare and cleaning fees.  All other costs are the responsibility of the raffle winner.
Accommodation: The two-bedroom (master has a double bed and the guest bedroom has two single beds) condo makes the most of the panoramic views with wall to floor windows overlooking the sea. It has two baths, a small kitchen and dining area, access to a rooftop terrace, and access to a shared indoor pool. This penthouse condo overlooks the ocean and Ria Formosa Natural Park.
The Area: Fuseta is on the Algarve Coast, about 30 minutes from Tavira, known as one of the “most charming towns” in the Algarve region.  It is a “delightful mix of traditional Portuguese heritage with deep-rooted Moorish influences.”  There are cobbled streets, tiled houses, wonderful golf courses, and pristine beach.  From Fuseta, a train and short ferry ride will take you to Seville, Spain if you want to extend your trip.

Things to Do: Relax on the beach, watch fishermen bring in their catch, enjoy the wine (some consider it the national drink), or take a short boat ride to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, home to the largest seahorse population in the world. These are all on the must-do list. Add to that the bird-watching. Ornithologists come from all over the world to see the storks, purple herons, yellow-legged gulls, purple swamp hens, and many more to be found on the Algarve Coast.
Getting There: It is 4,000 miles from Savannah to Faro, Portugal. Most flights out of Savannah to Faro involve going to Lisbon, Vienna or Brussels and then on to Faro. Lufthansa, Air Canada, and other popular airlines fly to Faro. Expect about 17 hours to make the trip. Second Helpings is providing $2,000 towards airfare. From Faro, take a train to Fuseta, about 15 miles away.
Weather: If temperatures in the 60s or 70s appeal to you, the Algarve Coast will too! July is the hottest month on the Algarve Coast with an average temperature of 74 degrees. The coldest is January at 54 degrees. Expect lots of sunshine as the Algarve region gets 300 days of sunshine a year.

Prize Restrictions: Additional airfare costs, food, train fare, and all other costs are the responsibility of the raffle winner. The trip must be completed by October 30, 2020. Second Helpings staff and board of directors are not eligible to enter the raffle. Prizes have no monetary value and cannot be exchanged for cash. The prize is final. Accommodation is guaranteed based upon availability with the approval of the owners of the condo. Reviews of the condo and more information are available to

Beneficiary: Proceeds support Second Helpings’ efforts to rescue food and eliminate food waste while providing food for hunger relief agencies. Second Helpings picks up and delivers food in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties at no costs to those we serve. Of the food distributed in our service area, 80 percent comes from Second Helpings. Over 3 million pounds of food was rescued in 2018. The food pantries received and distributed, on an average, over 50,000 pounds each.

How to Purchase:
Tickets are available by calling 843-689-3689.  You can also purchase your tickets directly at the link at the top of the page.  For more information on the area click on to


Second Helpings Office Administrator Practices Safe Distancing with NLAWS Order


Bruce Algar, office administrator for Second Helpings, followed the new Safe Distancing Protocol on Thursday abling six agency representatives to take delivery of much needed fresh protein.  Bruce met the NLAWS truck in the Walmart parking lot in Hardeeville, sorted orders and guided the agency representatives to claim their food order.

Pictured here is Constance Martin Witter, of Bluffton Soup Kitchen taking delivery.  These deliveries were made possible through generous individual donations for COVID-19.  Thank you, Bruce and agency representatives, so much for your hard work and teamwork.

Picking Up Plantings for Spring’s Harvest – Fresh Produce Ready to Grow

Kelley Eby, our North of the Broad Coordinator, helped Dave Dempsey of Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Island on Wednesday, pick up 350 plants for the spring and summer harvest.

Second Helpings, in partnership with Dempsey Farms, grows healthy food offerings and share the bountiful harvest with Second Helpings to deliver to local food pantries.

Thank you, Dave and Kelley, for planning for the months ahead.

Non-Perishable Food Order Completed

Monday’s Super Heros!

Second Helpings’ coordinator North of the Broad, Kelley Eby and our mighty Karen, a Beaufort volunteer: flexed their muscles on Monday when they picked up over 6,000 pounds of food to distribute to local agencies.

Joining them was Hilton Head Island volunteer, Rich Keefner who delivered part of his load to Bluffton Soup Kitchen.   All this activity took place at Dempsey Farms, where Dave Dempsey graciously offered his farm for a loading and sorting site.  These non-perishable food items were made available through COVID-19 donations.  These three are this week’s SUPER HEROS.