Post-Vacation Food Donation – FAQ’s

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Thank you for wanting to learn more about the foods Second Helpings hopes to rescue, and how they will benefit the local community.

Second Helpings is a nonprofit food rescue organization striving to eliminate hunger and food waste in the communities we serve.  We collect and distribute food, free of charge, to local food pantries, soup kitchens and family programs for our neighbors who need food.

What Foods Can We Use?  We can rescue and redistribute unopened foods such as

  • Canned goods
  • Bakery products
  • Snack foods
  • Cereal
  • Coffee
  • Beverages
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Dairy products, and
  • Fresh produce.

We can also find a home for unopened cleaning supplies and personal care items.

What Items Are Needed Most?  The items most requested by local food pantries include:

  • Canned foods: tuna, chili, pasta meals, fruits & vegetables, soup, SPAM and Vienna Sausages;
  • Dried pasta, rice, and pinto beans;
  • Pasta sauce, peanut butter & jelly, cereal, oatmeal, and cooking oil.

What Can’t be Rescued?  We cannot use opened bottles or cans, frozen foods, alcoholic beverages, or cooked leftovers.

Where Will Post-Vacation Food Donations Go?  To food pantries on Hilton Head Island, starting with St. Andrew’s UMC, which distributes food every Tuesday and Friday.  Other island agencies, including the Deep Well Project and Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, may also participate.

What if I Leave on a Day Other Than Saturday?  You can drop your food donations off outside Second Helpings’ office at 4 Northridge Drive, Suite C, Hilton Head Island 29926.

Why Keep the Food on Hilton Head Island?  Hilton Head is home to several thousand food-insecure residents, and many others who commute to work here.  Many of them were involved in making your vacation special.



This holiday season, help us fight hunger and food waste.