Monday, July 4, 2016


With our collections totaling approximately 170,000 lbs. since this ministry began in July of 2005, we began our 12th year on June 18. And our departing vacationers, locals and others continue to "answer the cries of the needy" through their generosity and compassion. It's an amazing experience to be involved as a donor, volunteer, recipient or interested bystander. "Build it and they will come".

Monday, June 15, 2015

Beginning our 11th year

Next Saturday, June 20, "A Second Helping" begins its 11th year of collecting all foodstuffs, perishable and non-perishable to distribute to the needy families of Brunswick County, NC. Monetary contributions are gratefully accepted, 100% of which goes to buy anywhere from 5 to 8 lbs. of food for each $1 received.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Another Successful Year!

"Build it and they will come", and that's what happened again for the 10th year at Holden Beach, and for the first year at Topsail Beach ("Friends Feeding Friends") and Emerald Isle ("A Second Helping"), all 3 in North Carolina.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good news for this summer!

"A Second Helping" will begin its 10th year of collecting food and distributing it to the needy families of Brunswick County on June 21 at our usual place at Holden Beach, NC. We're thankful we can continue this ministry, and better yet  to share some very good news with you......Two groups at two locations along the North Carolina coast will begin similar programs at about the same time using the same name, "A Second Helping". So if you are vacationing in the Emerald Isle area (2 drop-off sites) or Topsail/Surf City areas, you'll be able to participate in this ministry thru your contributions of food and money. And we thank you very much in advance for doing so.....

Monday, July 15, 2013


This past Saturday, July 13, we passed a milestone in that our food collections at Holden Beach NC now total over 100,000 lbs. since we began this ministry 8 years ago. This is a huge tribute to the thousands of vacationers and locals who have chosen to contribute food (and money) to the needy of Brunswick County, rather than have it end up in a landfill. Many thanks to each of you for your compassion and generosity. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

OFF AND RUNNING in 2013......

With a good feeling from the approximately 3,000 lbs. of food collected since June 15, we've just completed the first 3 weeks of this summer's ministry, our 9th year, At this rate, in mid-July we'll pass 100,000 lbs. since our ministry began in July of 2005.

I wish everyone could have the same experience that we have each Saturday.....compassionate contributors who are pleased to have a place to leave food which would otherwise be wasted, and grateful receipients who might otherwise go hungry. It's such a simple ministry of providing that link between these two factions. Hope you'll stay tuned for future reports.....

Friday, September 14, 2012

Another Good Year!

With a smile, we've just finished our summer collections, our 8th year at Holden Beach, NC. Although we were a bit short of last years total, we were able to meet 100% of the needs of all persons, and then some, who asked for our help, and that is what we're about.

Our total for the summer is 19,297 lbs. which brings us close to 100,000 lbs. since the ministry began in July of 2005. The current economy definitely affected our volume as more of our vacationers ate in and took home more than normal. That's good news as we sense their food was not wasted, although we empathize for our local restaurants whose business was affected.

As a reminder, please consider "A Second Helping" as a model for establishing a similar ministry for other vacation venues. It's a way to "give back", a simple way to chip away at hunger in your community. We're always available to help, and to answer your questions at