Second Helpings is a volunteer-driven organization that rescues food from grocery stores and other outlets. We are the only agency in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties authorized to rescue food. We deliver it the same day, at no cost, to food pantries and other Agency Partners serving the less-fortunate.
We are a unique nonprofit in that we serve other nonprofits.
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has been awarded Angel Charity Status by South Carolina. All of our funding comes from private donations. Over 80% of the money we receive goes directly to support our food network operations. Our volunteers keep our overhead low while allowing our Agency Partners to use their funds on their core missions with no overlap of services.
Because of our donors, Second Helpings has been rescuing food since 1992. Guenther and Louise Hecht, residents of Hilton Head Island, noticed how much food was being thrown away by grocery stores and restaurants and decided to take action. The Hechts and a group of dedicated volunteers, using their own cars, started collecting the food and bringing it to several local food pantries. They bought their first refrigerated truck six months later.
We have grown steadily over the years, serving new agencies and areas. Second Helpings now has eight refrigerated trucks that collect food seven days a week, 52 weeks a year and deliver it the same day to our Agency Partners in much of the southern South Carolina Lowcountry. To date, we have distributed over 32 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need. And the need is still great in our local community.
To live in a community free of hunger and food waste.
We engage volunteers to rescue food and prevent food waste. We obtain food from food rescue, farms and grants and distribute it to local nonprofit agencies at no cost, to feed the hungry in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Collaboration – Working together with food donors and agency partners to benefit as many people as possible in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Community – Building awareness of local hunger and food waste, and providing opportunities for individuals and organizations to participate in the solution.
Innovation – Striving to be a smart, creative leader in the fight against hunger and food waste.
Safety – Doing whatever is needed to provide a safe and accident-free workplace for our volunteers and employees.
Integrity – Ensuring a fair, safe, and equitable distribution of food to our recipient agencies and the public.
Gratitude – Recognizing the value of every volunteer, food donor, financial donor, and agency partner with whom we work.
Stewardship – Effectively and responsibly managing the financial resources given to us by our financial donors.
Second Helpings was started and is still run by volunteers. Our organization is guided by a dedicated Board of Directors that oversees every aspect of our food rescue operation, from volunteer recruitment to agency relations to fund development and logistics. They are members of our local community who care about their neighbors, particularly those who need our help.
Lili Coleman, Executive Director
Lili Coleman has led Second Helpings since 2017. She develops the vision and guides the strategic direction of the organization, and leads our dedicated team of volunteers and employees to fulfill our mission to rescue food and eliminate food waste.
Lili has national, regional and local experience in nonprofit, corporate and retail marketing management. She holds a master’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a graduate of the 2013 Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Leadership Program, and has served on local civic committees. Lili was named “2015 Outstanding Person of the Year” by the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
Bruce Algar, Office Administrator
Bruce Algar has been associated with Second Helpings since 2012 – as a truck volunteer, as the Bluffton coordinator, and, since 2015, as the office administrator. He also handles grant applications and truck maintenance and oversees the Healthy Food Initiative.
Bruce had a career in the corporate world in information systems, including senior positions at Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Southern California, and a master of science in administrative sciences from the University of Texas. He was a commissioned officer in the US Navy assigned to a destroyer escort that was home-ported in Newport, Rhode Island.
Angela Ziuraitis, North of the Broad Coordinator
Ziuraitis was movement control coordinator with a global service provider following eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her experience includes serving as a supply management specialist and distribution manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and is currently working on a master’s degree in project management.
Paula Fanelly, South of the Broad Coordinator
Fanelly is an entrepreneur who founded and owned an alternative health care enterprise. She is a long-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, past president of Women in Networking, and a volunteer therapist with a women’s shelter. Fanelly has a bachelor degree in technical education, holds a clinical hypnotherapy certification, and is a certified nurse assistant.
Margie Tomczak, Volunteer FILL THE NEED Program Chairperson
Margie Tomczak established and has continued to lead our very successful FILL THE NEED program. Margie works with teams of volunteers every Thursday to feed buses of commuters who work on Hilton Head Island.
After a career with Eastman Kodak, Xerox Corporation, and in management consulting, Margie moved to South Carolina in 1999 and has dedicated herself to serving the local needy. She has also been actively involved with the Catholic Diocese and Holy Family Church, and helped establish Mercy Ministries in Hardeeville. She was a finalist for the Woman of the Year Award in 2019, presented by Beaufort Memorial.
Board of Directors
Jo Pender, President
Jo Pender is President of Second Helpings and has been a board member since 2017.
Jo was an elementary educator for 25 years, teaching special education through primary grade levels in several states and internationally in Jakarta, Indonesia. She also volunteered at the Assistance League of Houston, chairing various committees and serving as a board member and as president.
Jo and her husband, Bill, have been living on Hilton Head full-time since 2015. Here, Jo has also volunteered at the Literacy Center and at Project 200%, a reading program at Hilton Head Elementary.
Larry Landry, Immediate Past President
Larry Landry served as president of Second Helpings in 2018 and has been a member of the board since 2017. He has been a professional facilitator for many nonprofits, pro sports teams, NYSE companies, community health centers, Native American communities, and city and county governments.
Larry has been president and CEO of Landry Creedon & Associates, a Phoenix-based management and public affairs company, for more than 27 years. Here in the Lowcountry, he is very involved in his community.
Larry is a member of the Greater Island Council and has won many awards including the Very Outstanding Phoenician award.
Margaret (Peg) Marty, Vice President
Peg Marty is Vice President of Second Helpings’ Board of Trustees. She is a strong supporter of community organizations, and gives generously of her time and talent. In addition to her work with Second Helpings, Peg served her Dataw Island community on both their long-range planning and finance committees.
Following a 40-year career in consumer bank management, Peg retired in 2016 from Citizens Financial Group as executive vice president and head of customer service operations. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and continued post-graduate studies at Northeastern University and New Hampshire College.
Latoya Robinson, Secretary
Latoya Robinson joined the Second Helpings board in 2020, bringing a wealth of knowledge in human services and 23 years of experience at all levels of education. She has been the Student Support Services Director for the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Regional Campus for four years. In this role, she facilitates the student support services team, manages the department, and instructs students. Previously, she was a mental health professional, a caseworker with Lowcountry Community Action Agency, and an instructor with Allendale County Schools.
Latoya is a resident of Varnville, Hampton County.
Anthony (Tony) Berkant, Chief Financial Officer
Tony Berkant is Second Helpings’ Chief Financial Officer. He is a CPA with extensive experience in accounting. Tony retired from Progressive Technology Federal Systems in Bethesda, MD, where he was the Chief Financial Officer. He has also worked at Lincoln Group, Arthur Andersen, Wilson/Bennett Company, LLC and Accelera Corporation. Tony continues to consult for some of his past employers.
Ted Stevenson, Treasurer
Ted Stevenson has been the Treasurer of Second Helpings since 2015. He first joined Second Helpings in 2011 as a truck volunteer. Ted has made important contributions to the health and safety of our truck volunteers, implementing a process for timely fleet service and vehicle replacement, and creating a new insurance program. Prior to his involvement with Second Helpings, Ted volunteered with The Literacy Center, offering reading and math tutoring. He also participated in the United Way’s third grade reading program.
Mary Ann Bell, Communications Chair
Mary Ann Bell joined the Second Helpings board in 2020. Originally from Pittsburgh, Mary Ann retired in 2019 and relocated to Indigo Run with her husband, Stuart.
Mary Ann spent 30 years at the H. J. Heinz Company and WESCO International in various finance leadership roles, including investor relations and corporate communications. In 2016, she was honored by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council with a Most Powerful and Influential Women Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a certified public accountant.
John Franklin has been the general manager of Sam’s Club in Bluffton since 2017, and was the general manager of Sam’s Clubs in North Carolina, Maryland, and New York. He has worked with Sam’s Club in various leadership roles since 2001.
John is particularly interested in helping expand the network of organizations that donate products to our food rescue operation.
Tom Hermann joined the Second Helpings board in 2019. As the market president for Beaufort and surrounding areas for Ameris Bank, he brings over 45 years’ experience in commercial banking. His many local contacts in the region have enabled him to increase community awareness of Second Helpings’ efforts to fight hunger and food waste in our local community.
A resident of Bermuda Bluff Island, one of the Sea Islands, Tom and his wife are learning the ins and outs of boating, and enjoy visiting their two adult children in Florida.
Eric Popky graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and practiced in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for 27 years before moving, with his wife, to Hilton Head Island in 2008. He then worked, part time, at Beaufort Family Dentistry before retiring in 2014. In Harrisburg, he volunteered at Congregation Ohev Sholom and at Jewish Family Service, where he served as President after several years on the board. While on Hilton Head, Eric has been involved with Volunteers in Medicine and the Deep Well Project before joining Second Helpings.
At Second Helpings, Eric puts his feet to the road as a driver of one of our trucks. He is concerned about increasing food donations and wants to raise community awareness of the plight of the hungry in the Lowcountry.
Charlie Russ is a retired attorney who was general counsel and secretary of several large international companies, and in that capacity was responsible for their legal affairs and the provision of legal counsel to their Boards. After retirement, Charlie also served as a board member of the then third largest cable company in the United States.
During his working career and in retirement, he has served on a diverse number of nonprofit boards of directors, including those of the YMCA and a minority dance company. In addition to serving on the board of Second Helpings, he currently is a member of the boards of Bluffton Self Help, a distributor of food, clothing and financial aid to the needy, and Lean Ensemble, a nonprofit regional theater company. Charlie received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Charlie and his wife live in Bluffton.
Joe O’Hayer, a Bluffton resident and long-term truck volunteer, joins the board with a successful track record with numerous consumer product lines and promotions and extensive retail and grocery background. He has worked both in the United States and Internationally. He once owned his own grocery store in Martha’s Vineyards. He has experience in sourcing, production, scheduling, management, marketing and product development with retail partners and factories in Asia. Joe will chair the volunteer committee.
Second Helpings named 2018 PGA TOUR Charity of the Year
RBC Heritage beneficiary to receive $30,000
The PGA TOUR announced today that Second Helpings, a Hilton Head Island-based non-profit beneficiary of the RBC Heritage, has been named the 2018 PGA TOUR Charity of the Year. With a mission of alleviating hunger by excelling in the ongoing development and management of a distribution channel between food donors and charitable food providers, Second Helpings is doing its part to help end hunger in South Carolina. Specifically, Second Helpings rescues food that would be discarded by grocery or other stores and distributes it to agencies and churches, who in return serve the needy and challenged in the South Carolina Lowcountry area. Since its formation in 1992, Second Helpings has distributed over 30 million pounds of food to the needy.