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!
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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.”
Junior Service League of Beaufort was one of the first grants received in May 2016 to support the Healthy Food Program launched by Second Helpings. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our many food donors, Second Helpings works hard to provide healthy choices to over 60 agencies. The demand for fresh produce and meats far exceeds what is donated at some times of the year.
The Healthy Food Initiative Program was created to provide healthy food in the form of protein, fruits and vegetables to over 60 agencies that hand out food to needy families and seniors. These agencies are located on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and Beaufort, as well as Hampton and Jasper counties.
This grant enabled agencies located in Beaufort to receive fresh produce during May 2017, provided by two local farm businesses. We applaud both Dempsey Farms and Pinckney Farms for providing twice the produce that was paid for through this grant. Both of these businesses continue to donate produce in a continuing effort to show their community support.
Thank you Junior Service League of Beaufort members for helping us meet the needs and better the health of the people who rely on these local agencies for food to feed their families.
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