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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


Thank you to Hudson’s Seafood and All the Thanksgiving Guests Who Feasted at the Community Dinner

Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this year’s Thanksgiving Community Dinner such a huge success.  We are also proud of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks and the Carmines who donate the remaining food to Second Helpings.  The food was delivered to Hilton Head Island partner agencies on Friday, November 29.  This year, for the first time, Second Helpings’ also received a portion of the proceeds.  Thank you so much for FUNDING OUR FLEET of eight trucks that are used to pick up food from the local grocery stores and other donors and deliver the food to 57 agencies in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

We are the only LOCAL agency authorized to rescue food from the grocery stores and prevent food waste.  We supply 80 percent or more of the perishable foods distributed to those in our community facing food insecurity.  Poverty lives here in our community.  Our mission is to work with all the fine LOCAL agencies to fight hunger.  What a lot to be thankful for!

Happy Holidays everyone.  Thank you, Allan LaCoe and all his mighty volunteers.

December 3 is GIVING TUESDAY


Use these hashtags to tell us how you are participating in Giving Tuesday:  #BREWGOOD and #GIVING TUESDAY

Local nonprofits, including SECOND HELPINGS, will be at your local CORNER PERK to recruit volunteers, share resources and offer volunteer opportunities.  Visit the Corner Perk in Downtown Bluffton, Okatie, or Port Royal.  Come out and show your support!  Look for the BREWGOOD balloons and stickers for the kids.  Second Helpings’ staff will be at the Bluffton location from 11 am to 3 pm and the Port Royal location from 11 to 1 pm.  Come by and say hello.


Portugal Bound!

James Lech of Hilton Head Island is bound for the Algarve Coast of Portugal as the winner of the first Second Helpings trip raffle. Linda and Mike Pekarsky (pictured with Vice President Jo Pender on right) generously donated a week’s stay in their Portugal condo for the raffle. We are so grateful for this support and for all who purchased raffle tickets! Have a great trip!

Special thank you to Serg Catering and Special Events for the delicious and amazing food provided for the Major Donor Reception held at the Port Royal Beach House last night.  Thank you also to Charles Russ and his wife, Dianne who purchased 10 tickets to give 10 volunteers an extra chance.