There is a new way for visitors to Hilton Head Island to help feed the hungry: Post-Vacation Food Donation. Second Helpings, a nonprofit food rescue organization, is partnering with property management companies to rescue food that tourists would otherwise throw away or leave behind at the end of their vacation. 

Visitors are encouraged to drop off unopened, nonperishable groceries every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Second Helpings truck parked in front of Grayco Hardware and Home Store on Palmetto Bay Road – convenient to the many visitors on the south end. Island residents also are invited to drop off food. 

With the support of Grayco, the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and Second Helpings volunteers, the effort kicked off April 1 and will occur every Saturday through Sept. 30. Donated food will be delivered by Second Helpings to island food pantries, who distribute it to neighbors in need. 

Several thousand people living or working on Hilton Head Island are food insecure. Many of them work in support of the tourism industry and help make visitors’ vacations memorable. 

Anyone who donates food will receive a tax donation form and may stop for a photo opportunity in front of the Second Helpings truck.