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The Second Helpings Difference

by User Not Found | Dec 11, 2012
Right now, visitors to Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure can receive $2 off admission by donating pasta to our community partner Second Helpings. We asked Betsy Whitmore of Second Helpings to explain why these donations are so crucial, during the holidays and throughout the year.

At Second Helpings, we transform lives through the power of food. We rescue safe and edible food from retailers and distributors around Central Indiana and prepare it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to more than 70 social services organizations that feed hungry people. The meals are delivered free-of-charge to shelters, community centers and after school programs to those who may not always have access to a warm, nutritious meal.

Why is a pasta drive so important for Second Helpings? We use 150 pounds of pasta each day to create the meals that are delivered to those who need them.

We also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source. Graduates of the culinary job training program learn practical skills for meaningful jobs in food service, and they also receive training to help them be more successful, including resume writing, job interviewing and stress management. Many graduates continue their culinary training to become chefs.

In 2012, we collected our 17 millionth pound of food and delivered our 6 millionth meal to our partner agencies. As of this year, more than 500 adults have graduated from our culinary job training program.

Without hundreds of volunteers each year, Second Helpings would not be able to do its work. Second Helpings needs volunteers for its hunger relief, food rescue and job training missions. Volunteers can work in the hunger relief kitchen, assist in meal delivery or help collect rescued food.

Each volunteer brings an enthusiasm for our community and a desire to combat hunger. To learn how you can help, visit

Betsy Whitmore
Communications Manager
Second Helpings, Inc.


  1. 2 Cristianna 11 Mar
    Brilliantly told Ben. Second helpings is a mgaical place; Everyone connected with it staff, volunteers, agency and donor partners, Board Members, knows exactly what I mean by that. On this Thanksgiving Day, I'm especially grateful and privileged to say that I spend part of each week alongside so many generous and inspiring people. And thank you, Ben Shine, for telling the story in such an awesome way:-)).
  2. 1 buy more instagram followers 13 Jun
    I truly support this one. Keep up the good work!


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