(Watch Marcus Tanner’s interview on WTOC-TV Savannah here: https://www.wtoc.com/2023/05/10/second-helpings-hilton-head-island-collecting-nonperishable-groceries/)
Did you know that, according to the Town of Hilton Head, there are 10,000 short-term rental units on the island? That’s a lot of leftover food at the end of a vacation week.
This year, Second Helpings launched a new program to collect unopened, non-perishable food from vacationers leaving the island. Every Saturday morning from 8 to 11 am, you can find a Second Helpings truck and a crew of volunteers accepting food donations.
“More than two million people visit Hilton Head Island every year,” said Marcus Tanner, Second Helpings Executive Director. “This program is a way to get them involved in the community and really do a lot of good.”
Property managers have been very supportive. “I love this! I will put the information on my website and in my welcome packet,” a property manager said. “Brilliant!” remarked another.
Nearly half of those stopping by to donate are actually full-time residents. “Always thought this would be a great idea. Thanks for actually doing it!” one local commented.
The program runs through September 30. Food collected is staying on the south end of the island, distributed by St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church Food Pantry, where it is given out on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Holy Family Catholic Church, who distributes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.