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Island House: Preparing Gourmet Meals from Rescued Food

Meal preparation is an important skill for all adults, including those who participate in outpatient services at Island House in Bluffton. The facility is operated by Mental Health America for six to eight Medicaid-eligible clients. Island House was actually started on Hilton Head Island 46 years ago, before moving to Bluffton in 2014.

Second Helpings provides the fresh produce, proteins and baked goods that Island House’s clients prepare and share – nearly 25,000 pounds during 2021.  “The trucks arrive on Mondays and Wednesdays, and our clients help pick out the food they want to prepare,” Steve Caywood explained.   They produce lunch and snacks five days per week, and leftovers are proudly presented to their families.

Caywood, a 30-year health care executive, is its executive director.  He is a firm believer in the use of meal preparation to teach and reinforce home living skills.  At Island House, “everyone has a task,” he said, “from dicing to cooking to clean-up.”

“Second Helpings is a great supporter of our program.”

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