Hunger has a local address.
New residents and visitors are often surprised to discover the poverty that lives among us. As one of our new volunteers remarked,
“When I first moved to this area, I never realized the poverty around me. Those in need include many of the hourly workers who groom the golf course grounds, work in the restaurants and provide the services that enable us to enjoy the paradise that we call home.”
Many people in our local communities have to make a choice each day: skip a meal to purchase medicine, or eat less to pay a bill. Despite working one or more jobs, they still can’t make ends meet.
One in seven local residents is unable to afford all the food they need.
This is called food insecurity. There is a high correlation between food insecurity and increased medical problems, including diabetes.
There are many regions in the Lowcountry that are considered food deserts, where access to affordable, healthy food is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away. Without a car or access to public transportation, it is difficult to sustain a healthy diet.
Over 50% of local children are on free or reduced-price lunches; in some towns, it’s 100%. Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness, weakens their immune system and limits the growth and development of their bodies and brain. Adequate nutrition is an important success factor for school and outside activities.
Approximately 40% of food produced in our country goes to waste. Nearly all of this wasted food ends up in landfills, harming our environment.
This is where Second Helpings makes a difference. Our volunteers provide food to the hungry while eliminating food waste. We have seen the local need increase over the years, and we have expanded our area of service to help more people.
We collect and distribute more than 2.8 million pounds of food annually. We provide the equivalent of 2.3 million meals to 50 area agencies, churches, and nonprofits.
Second Helpings neither solicits nor accepts payment for our food; it is free. We are not funded by the government. We rely on the generosity of donors to fund our programs.
We are pleased to present our 2019 Impact Report. We are proud of the difference that we, in partnership with our network of 46 Food Donors and 50 Agency Partners, and supported by your donations, are making in our local community. We are grateful for our 300 volunteers, who work tirelessly to bring this all together. We pledge to continue to expand and adapt our programs to meet the increasing need in the South Carolina Lowcountry.