A non-profit that rescues and distributes food.  Its vision is to eliminate hunger and food waste from the communities they serve. 

The only food rescue non-profit serving Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties

On May 5, 2022, Marcus Tanner, Executive Director of Second helpings made a presentation to the GIC General Membership meeting.  The Second Helpings website is the source of the following information regarding Marcus Tanner and Second Helpings.

Marcus Tanner joined Second Helpings in 2021, following his retirement from the United States Marine Corps. A native of northwest Tennessee, Tanner’s 27-year Marine Corps career roles included Mission Assurance Program Manager; Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Officer; Company Commander; Special Projects/Program Director; Operations Officer/Chief; Public Affairs Chief; Marine Corps Recruiter; and Infantry Platoon Commander. He has been stationed throughout the U.S. and deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and various countries in Africa and the Mediterranean.

Second Helpings has been rescuing food since 1992 and now picks up food from grocery stores and other outlets in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties. They deliver it the same day, at no cost, to food pantries and other Agency Partners serving the less fortunate. Except for a small staff, the organization is run by volunteers, over 300 active right now.

It has been awarded Angel Charity Status by South Carolina.  All of their funding comes from private donations. Over 80% of the money that is received goes directly to support their food network operations. Their low overhead allows their Agency Partners to use their funds on their core missions with no overlap of services.

Second Helpings has eight refrigerated trucks that collect food seven days a week, 52 weeks a year and deliver it the same day to their Agency Partners in much of the southern South Carolina Lowcountry. Through 2021, they have delivered nearly 40 million pounds of food to neighbors in need.

To view, download or print Marcus Tanner’s presentation, Click here

More information about Second Helpings can be found on their website.  Click here