September is Hunger Awareness Month

What We Do So All Can Eat

Every day hundreds of local volunteers work tirelessly to provide support to many local people facing food insecurity. From the small churches across Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties to the food pantries strung out in the low country, food is distributed daily to the outstretched hand by dedicated volunteers.

"Poverty in the low country and in South Carolina is one of the highest in the country," said Jan Malinowski, president of Second Helpings.  "We live in a very wealthy area of the country matched by some of the poorest."

To focus attention on our agencies and the Second Helpings volunteers, a special campaign will feature them during the month of September.  The theme is paper plates.

Enjoy these visual representations of the hard work done year round to fight hunger.  Remember each of us can do our part to help people who don't know where their next meal is coming from.

A special thank you to those who participated in this campaign.  Check out Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.  Our participating agencies lent their voice and faces to observe September Hunger Awareness Month.

Be sure to check on the following videos.,,,,,

To see more photos check out our Facebook Page.

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Thank You - Long Cove Plantations residents

Dave Dempsey of Dempsey Farms and Urbie West of Pinckney Farms in Beaufort worked together to provide fresh produce to more than 15 agencies free of charge, delivered by Second Helpings.  This effort was made possible through grants to provide Healthy Food to people in need.

During the month of June, the produce was paid, in part, through a grant provided by Long Cove Plantation residents on Hilton Head Island during their 2016-2017 grant cycle.

THANK YOU LONG COVE!  Because of you over 150 families received freshly-picked produce, just days out of the farm fields.  You can’t get much fresher than that!

Beaufort farms to provide fresh produce to Second Helpings partner agencies

July 2017
For Immediate Release

Second Helpings, with funding provided by the Beaufort County Service Organization and Long Cove  and other donors implemented Phase One of their Healthy Food Pilot Program by partnering with Dempsey Farms and Pinckney Farms in Beaufort during the month of June.  With these funds and others over 700 families will receive 20 pound boxes each full of fresh produce picked days before delivery by Dempsey and Pickney farms.

“Despite the tremendous amount of food donated by our food donors, made up of local grocery stores and restaurants, there is still a need for more fresh produce,” said Margie Tomczak, chairperson of Second Helpings Health Food Initiative.  “The Second Helping board has initiated a Healthy Food Program to purchase fresh produce during the growing season.  This produce will be delivered at no cost to the agencies we serve.”

Since last Fall, Second Helpings has received hundreds of pounds of free fresh produce from Dempsey Farms in addition to the produce received from grocery store donations.  This produce has been distributed to over 60 agencies in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.

“This month, both Dave Dempsey of Dempsey Farms and Urbie West of Pinckney Farms personally boxed up over 700 20-pound boxes with produce from their fields,” explained Tomczak.  “These boxes will be packed every week for four weeks.  The first week boxes included tomatoes, onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash and other produce and it will change weekly depending on the yield.”

Recipient agencies were encouraged to distribute one box per family and also to break down the boxes to offer produce to all of the people in need of fresh produce.

“Donations and grants make this program possible and this is only the beginning,” said Jan Malinowski, president of Palmetto State Bank and president of Second Helpings.  “Healthy eating helps a child to learn, a parent can control diseases resulting from eating too much processed food and it leads to a more productive and healthy community.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  We look forward to growing this program.”