Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Corks and Forks benefitting Second Helpings

Friday, March 29, 2013

Corks & Forks 15th Anniversary Celebration

Second Helpings is celebrating 15 years of food rescue, hunger relief and culinary job training in central Indiana. Join us for the Second Helpings Corks and Forks gala on April 18th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an evening of great food from some of the city’s top chefs, a live auction of things you can’t buy anywhere else and fun entertainment. Learn how Second Helpings is transforming lives through the power of food and get your tickets for the Corks and Forks gala at 100-percent of your ticket purchase will directly benefit Second Helpings and its fight against hunger and poverty in our community.

Second Helpings began in 1998 as the dream of three Indianapolis chefs. They began rescuing food and using that food to feed our hungry neighbors in and around the city. On its first day of operation, Second Helpings volunteers and staff prepared 66 meals for Holy Family Shelter.

In its earliest days, Second Helpings operated out of a small cafeteria kitchen and dining room at the former RCA plant on Sherman Drive. Long-time Hunger Relief Kitchen volunteer, Cheryl Holland, also recalls the need to fill-in when necessary and make use of what was on hand. “We would wait for a food donor to drop off sandwiches so that we could use the meat from those sandwiches to prepare meals,” said Cheryl.

15 years later, the staff, volunteers and students who have walked through the doors of Second Helpings now number in the thousands. Today 70 partner agencies serve more than 3000 Second Helpings meals each day and Second Helpings serves more people in the community than ever before. But it all started with an idea, with passion, with commitment, and with the engagement of an entire community. Fortunately, some things never change.

Betsy Whitmore
Communications Manager
Second Helpings, Inc.

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