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Letter Carriers Food Drive

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Agencies:
Second Helpings and Other Groups Coordinate Area Donation Distributions

Take part in the largest one-day food drive in the country on Saturday, May 12, and your donations will support those who are hungry in the Lowcountry. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger annual food drive will support area agencies that help feed the hungry.

Non-perishable food that is collected on the south end of Hilton Head the day of the drive will be distributed by Second Helpings to Holy Family Catholic Church Food Pantry, Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church outreach, and to the FILL THE NEED partnership with Palmetto Breeze. Second Helpings is the only local volunteer organization that collects and distributes food free of charge to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other organizations.

To participate in this worthy cause, simply set out non-perishable food before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time (recommended time is 9 am). No special bags are needed. Paper tends to hold more food, but plastic holds up better if it is raining.

The top requested non-perishable food items are:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meats (including soup and chili)
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned protein (chicken, tuna, salmon, turkey)
  • Beans (canned or dry)
  • 100% Juice

Healthy low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil also are welcomed. The carriers and food agencies ask that frozen food, homemade food, or home-canned items cannot be accepted. Also, food that has expired or is in glass containers should not be donated.

If your donation is not collected on May 12, the letter carriers ask that donations be placed by the mailbox on Monday, May 14.

In addition to the efforts of Second Helpings, food items on the north end of Hilton Head will be picked up by the Deep Well Project. Food items in Bluffton are delivered to Bluffton Self-Help while in Beaufort, Help of Beaufort is the recipient.

Donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the national Stamp Out Hunger food drive, check out https://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive. In 2017, 75 million pounds of food was collected by mail carriers in all 50 states.

Second Helpings collects food valued at $4.5 million from 30 food donors and distributes to 60 agencies in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties. It is estimated that approximately 45,000 people benefit from food rescued by Second Helpings every week.

Volunteers and donations are critical to Second Helpings operations since the organization is entirely supported by grants and donations. To find out how you can get involved, go to http://www.secondhelpingslc.org/help-the-hungry.

Second Helpings is a 501(c) 3 organization.  Tax ID: 57-0938469.  No goods or services were received in exchange for this donation.


Dataw Island Resident Joins Board of Directors of Second Helpings

The newest member of the Board of Directors of Second Helpings is a resident of Dataw Island who is an experienced nonprofit executive director and former product support manager. Mary Marshall joins the board of the only nonprofit in the Lowcountry that rescues food from grocery stores and provides it free of charge to some 60 partner agencies. Second Helpings distributes approximately 2.7 million pounds of food a year.

Marshall is a volunteer who is committed to supporting the work of Second Helpings. In addition to her new role as Second Helpings’ board member, Marshall also is a volunteer at Saint Helena Elementary School, a member of the Dataw Garden and Visual Arts Clubs, and is active with the owner’s association of the Smoky Mountain Country Club community.

Marshall was formerly executive director of a community nonprofit that raised funds that were subsequently distributed to nonprofits within nine counties of Northeast Georgia. In addition to fundraising and managing events, Marshall’s role was to develop a marketing plan to propel the foundation by improving its image and increasing awareness of its work. Stronger relationships, a website, newsletters, and a 10-year, $250,000 scholarship donation commitment were among the results of her leadership.

Previously, Marshall was forest products customer service and product support manager for 20 years with one of the country’s largest forest product companies. She managed regional and national customer accounts and was the highest-ranking female within her division.

Marshall’s nonprofit expertise is a welcome addition to Second Helpings, according to Lili Coleman, executive director. “Mary has a proven track record for customer service and guiding nonprofits.  She understands the importance of our organization and already is helping to improve awareness in the communities we serve. As chair of the Second Helpings’ Communications Committee, Mary Marshall is assuming an important leadership role for us.”

The newly appointed board member speaks highly of the work of Second Helpings. “We all have choices regarding how we spend our free time. I like the fact that Second Helpings rescues food that can benefit those in our community who need assistance. The soup kitchens, senior centers, and others that are recipients of this food value the fact that they do not have to pay for what they receive from Second Helpings. It is because we live in a generous community that the operations and other support needed by Second Helpings are funded. I am excited to contribute to this work.”

Second Helpings collects and distributes food valued at $4.5 million from 30 food donors and given to 60 agencies in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties. It is estimated that approximately 22,000 people benefit from food rescued by Second Helpings every year.  Volunteers and donations are critical to Second Helpings operations since the organization is entirely supported by grants and donations. To find out how you can get involved, go to http://www.secondhelpingslc.org/help-the- hungry.


Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation Awards Second Helpings two grants in 2017-2018

What a creative way to showcase the amazing generosity of the Berkeley Hall community members. This photograph captures the magic of the evening and the camaraderie between those who give and those who receive. This reception, celebrating Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation’s million-dollar milestone, was held the evening of January 11.

Second Helpings’ grants will support the ongoing efforts to provide healthy choices at the agencies we service in the Greater Bluffton area during 2018. Second Helpings provides 80 percent and more of the food provided to 60 agencies to fight hunger, free of any fees, and is the only agency rescuing food in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

The charitable foundation has just celebrated 9 years, and has made 100 grants totaling more than
$1,000,000 since its inception.

These funds are raised within the community and the robust award process requires documentation of programs and outcomes resulting from the support.

Second Helpings’ 300 volunteers and supporters are proud to be one of the recipients and we extend our sincere gratitude to every member of the Berkeley Hall community.



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