Second Helpings presented its Founders’ Awards to the the Jolly Old Elves over at the Wexford Foundation and to Waterfall Farm.
Second Helpings is recognizing two partners with its top awards. The Wexford Foundation is the 2022 recipient of the Supporter of the Year award. Waterfall Farm is the winner of Food Donor of the Year honors.
For its long-standing financial support, Second Helpings selected the Wexford Foundation as Supporter of the Year.
They kindly purchased a new refrigerated van in 2022. The van “is truly a game-changer,” said Executive Director Marcus Tanner. “It will enable us to rescue smaller quantities of food more cost-effectively than using a truck. And, as a moving billboard, it builds community awareness for Second Helpings and The Wexford Foundation everywhere it goes.” The Wexford Foundation provides financial and volunteer resources to other local non-profit organizations that provide social services for humanitarian needs. Since 2012, this nonprofit awarded over $2 million to local charities serving Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area.
Named Food Donor of the Year, Waterfall Farm, provided more than eight tons of fresh produce since becoming a food donor in May.
“Their timing couldn’t have been better,” said Tanner. As a result of industry supply chain challenges and record high inflation, “there was less food available to rescue, while the number of people needing food was growing,” Tanner recalls. Waterfall Farm has six and a half acres of cultivated, community-run farmland, located on Spring Island in Beaufort County. Two farmhands and more than 50 volunteers plant and manage winter and summer crops. All Spring Island residents picks out as much produce as they want. Once members collect their share, staff members and community organizations receive the remainder of the bounty.
How you can help during the holidays:
This holiday season, you can drop off canned goods or a new, unwrapped child’s toy during the Harbour Town Lights nightly event, running until January 1. Collection location is the well by the Liberty Oak stage.
You can also donated directly to Deep Well. Go to this link for the many ways you can help.
About Second Helpings:
Second Helpings is a nonprofit food rescue organization striving to eliminate hunger in the South Carolina Lowcountry. They collect and distribute food which would have otherwise ended up in landfills.
Approximately 325 volunteers deliver 3.2 million pounds of food annually to 54 agencies in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties. The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022. Second Helpings is a United Way Agency. For more information, visit www.secondhelpingslc.org, find them on Facebook or call (843)689-3689.
Source: Second Helpings, Mary Ann Bell, president. Marcus Tanner, executive director.