Hunger

Has a Local Address

 Rescuing Food for Our Neighbors Who Need It.

We are the only food rescue organization serving Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. Our volunteers pick up food from food donors and deliver it at no cost to our agency partners, who provide it directly to people in need.

Rescuing food and preventing food waste in our community

Second Helpings is a nonprofit food rescue and distribution network striving to eliminate hunger in the South Carolina Lowcountry. We collect and distribute food which would have otherwise ended up in landfills. Our more than 325 volunteers supply 54 agencies who provide food to the hungry in our community every week.

According to Feeding America, there are more than 22,000 persons in need in our three-county area. These are the people that we and our agencies serve. They are children and their families, senior citizens, and workers whose paychecks don’t stretch far enough to cover their expenses. Many of them work in the hospitality industry, making our paradise possible for local residents and visitors.

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Donate

GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE. We rely on the generosity of people like you to rescue food and prevent food waste in our community.

Volunteer

Our volunteers are our most valuable asset and we could not operate without them.

Partner

Help us feed the hungry with a sponsorship, food drive, or fundraising event.

Raise Awareness

Spread the word! Become an advocate for us and make sure no one in our community is left hungry.

The Need is Great

An estimated 40% of food is wasted. Nearly all (97%) of wasted food ends up in landfills, becoming the single largest component of municipal solid waste and a large source of methane emissions.

At the same time, one in nine people, and one in seven children in South Carolina, struggles with hunger. An estimated 60% of South Carolina’s children qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches. In some towns, this number can reach 100%.

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Our partners say...

“How I wish I would win the lottery or something so that we could give back to you for all that Second Helpings has meant to Mercy Mission. We are so grateful for your partnership, and not just during the heaviness time of the pandemic. When your truck rolls up, a big cheer goes up and that heaviness turns into a lightness and joy for our neighbors here in Hardeeville, our staff and our volunteers as well as your staff and volunteers.”

Sister Mary Fran Bassick,
Mercy Mission

Our Food Agencies

We partner with 54 local organizations that serve people in need throughout Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties. Our agencies must be a 501(c)3 organization, serve those in need, or a church in order to be a partner. Our food is given freely to these organizations who, with our help, are able to shift their focus to strengthening our community’s food safety net.

1 in 7 children

in our area are food insecure.

Who we help

Second Helpings and our Agency Partners serve a culturally diverse range of populations in a variety of ways. These include soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, shelters for victims of domestic violence, Boys and Girls Clubs, senior centers, and more. Our focus with each of these groups is to serve the greatest number of people in an area while avoiding duplication of services. 

Thanks to our food donors

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