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Allen Chapel AME Church Food Pantry Keeps It All in the Family

Second Helpings Beaufort Coordinator Madeline Helser-Howard and Executive Director Marcus Tanner flank Allen Chapel AME’s Jerome Goode and the Reverend Keith Parker.

You could say that Jerome Goode joined the family business when he was recruited to start the food pantry at the Allen Chapel AME Church in Beaufort.  That’s because his brother, Luther Goode, had already been a Second Helpings food rescue volunteer for a decade by then.

The food pantry serves 30 to 40 families on two Saturday mornings every month.  A Second Helpings truck arrives with food rescued from local grocery stores that morning.  Second Helpings provided nearly 44,000 pounds in 2021.

One hour later, the food pantry is ready for distribution.  By then, a line has formed –  at times so many that the agency has to turn some people away.  Goode describes how people learn about the pantry: “Cousins call cousins, family members call family members, and they all come.”

Second Helpings is proud to serve the Allen Chapel AME Church Food Pantry and the other 53 agencies we support.  And we are grateful for Luther Goode, who still volunteers for Second Helpings, and the rest of our dedicated volunteers fighting hunger in our community.

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