New Officers Named to Lead Second Helpings Nonprofit Food Rescue Organization
A new slate of officers and a new board member are assuming leadership roles for Second Helpings, the only nonprofit in the Lowcountry that rescues food from grocery stores and provides it free of charge to 55 partner agencies in three counties.
Margaret (Peg) Marty, a retired consumer banking executive who lives on Dataw Island, will be president of the board for 2021. Most recently, she has served as Vice President and has been a truck volunteer since 2018, shortly after moving to this area from Rhode Island. She replaces Jo Pender of Hilton Head, who will remain on the Board as Secretary.
The officers for 2021 are:
- Margaret (Peg) Marty, President (Dataw Island)
- Mary Ann Bell, Vice President (Indigo Run, Hilton Head)
- Anthony Berkant, CFO (Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head)
- Ted Stevenson, Treasurer (Sun City)
- Jo Pender, Secretary and Past President (Sea Pines, Hilton Head)
Also new to the leadership of the organization is Audrey H. Williams, who will serve on the board of directors. Williams is a resident of Estill in Hampton County, one of the three counties served by Second Helpings. She is a small business owner of an event planning company and also a representative of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Williams is a community advocate for the Citizens of Hampton County, a long-term relief group that provides attention to the town of Estill tornado victims.
Other Board members are:
- Larry Landry, Hilton Head
- Charles Russ, Bluffton
- Latoya Robinson, Varnville (Hampton County)
- Joe O’Hayer, Sun City
- John Franklin, Bluffton
Second Helpings collects more than 2.6 million pounds of food from 50 food donors and distributes it to 55 food banks and soup kitchens in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties. It is estimated, prior to COVID-19, that more than 19,000 people are fed weekly from food rescued by Second Helpings’ volunteers. That number has grown by over 30 percent.
Volunteers and donations are critical to Second Helpings operations since the organization is supported by grants and donations. To find out how you can get involved, go to https://www.secondhelpingslc.org/get-involved.