Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA) is a non-profit food rescue organization whose mission is to drive out hunger and reduce food waste in the metropolitan Atlanta area by rescuing surplus food and delivering it to those in need.
Since its inception as a social action project for Temple Sinai in 2004, Second Helpings Atlanta has rescued and redistributed nearly 5.7 million pounds of food, translating into 4.6 million meals.
SHA became a non-profit organization in 2012, and with an ever-growing army of volunteer drivers (currently more than 360), the annual amount of food rescued has steadily increased ever since. In October, we broke the 1 million pound in a single year mark, and are on track to deliver our 1 millionth meal during the week of Thanksgiving.
How Do We Do It?
Relying upon our volunteer drivers, SHA serves as the link between our network of 63 Food Donors and the 32 Partner Agencies we work with who feed the hungry on a daily basis. Throughout the year, Volunteers rescue food from our network of Food Donors, transport it to one of our Partner Agencies and return home in 90 minutes or less. Our 90 Minute Model allows us to execute our Mission with extraordinary efficiency, making the most of our Volunteers' time, and spending a mere nine cents per pound of food rescued.
Our Volunteers tell us that their work with Second Helpings Atlanta adds great meaning to their lives. We are feeding over 3,500 people per day, so it matters that our Volunteers show up every day as they are making a difference in the lives of thousands of their neighbors.
Nearly 20% of people living in Atlanta live in a food insecure environment, meaning they're not quite sure where or when their next meal might be. On average, a food insecure family of four skips approximately 100 meals per month and purchases the least expensive food possible in order to have enough food to feed the family. This makes the work we do all the more relevant, critical, and rewarding.
What's Next For SHA
SHA has been in existence since 2004, and has been a non-profit organization since 2012. But 2016 has been a banner year for the organization; SHA is truly coming into its own. After years of being a primarily Volunteer-run organization, SHA is now lead by a small staff of full-time and part-time non-profit professionals. This has allowed us to grow the organization exponentially, and focus on strategic planning and fundraising like never before.
This is also the first year SHA will be participating in #GivingTuesday, just as we hit our 1 millionth annual meal mark. With more focused efforts on donor development, fundraising events, volunteer expansion, and continual adjustments and improvements to our 90 Minute Model, the sky's the limit for 2017.
For more information, to make a donation, or sign up to volunteer, please visit us at www.secondhelpingsatlanta.org.