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Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation Member Mingle Showcases Grantees

Every fortunate nonprofit representative to receive a grant from this generous program looks forward to mingling with the residents of Berkeley Hall who raise funds in their community to help those in need.  Jo Pender, president, and Lili Coleman, the executive director were on hand on January 23 to be awarded a grant for Second Helpings’ Healthy Food Initiative.

We were greeted graciously by smiling hosts assigned to assure us a rewarding bonding experience. As soon as we entered the lounge area we were offered a beverage of choice.  The room was filled with the tantalizing smell of favorable appetizers, beautifully displayed and ready for the hungry guests.   Nonprofit representatives were seated at round tables with members of the community. This gave us a productive opportunity to talk about our agency and its programs.

This year Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation funded 24 projects with 22 nonprofits. Since its start over $1.4 million has been awarded.  This grant program members believe it is important to GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE.

Thank you, grant committee, for recognizing the importance of fresh produce to all of our local residents.

Last year, Second Helpings provided over 714,000 pounds of fresh produce to their partner agencies.

Special Thank you to The Church Mouse

Special thank you to the volunteers and board of the Church Mouse Thrift Store.  This past Saturday, Second Helpings was one of many local nonprofits who benefitted from their grant distribution event.  We are so proud of all the effort and time it takes to review grants and we promise to be great stewards of your funds and support.  

Mark Your Calendar for February 1 and enjoy soup!

Tackle Hunger and Sample Soup at Feb. 1 Event

Before the wings and pizza, start off Super Bowl weekend with soup! It is the primary item on the menu for the SouperBowl of Caring at Coligny Plaza to benefit Second Helpings. Chefs at Coligny Plaza restaurants are pulling out their best soup recipes for the second annual event on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 12 noon to 4 pm at Coligny Plaza.

Oyster Stew from FISH Casual Coastal Seafood, Shrimp Andouille and Sausage Corn Chowder from Big Bamboo Café, and Skillets’ Pimento Cheese and Broccoli are among the delicious soups to be available for sampling that day. Coligny restaurants participating are Sandbar Beach Eats, Frosty Frog, Big Bamboo, Skillets, FISH Casual Coastal Seafood,and Lucky Rooster Market Street.  Amie Baima from Skillets said the participation by locals who attended last year was indicative of the tremendous support for Second Helpings in the community. She looks forward to an even bigger crowd on Feb. 1! 

In addition to soup, there will be live music by Pretty Darn, a local guitar and percussion duo. Beverages will be available from Coligny restaurants. 

Tickets to the event are $10 per person and can be purchased at the event or ahead of time through a Facebook link at


The SouperBowl of Caring is a national event that is designed to “transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.” The first SouperBowl of Caring took place in Columbia, SC, in 1990. Since then, millions have been raised to support hunger relief charities around the country.