Second Helpings

Second Helpings

For 25 years, Second Helpings has accepted donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in central Indiana. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

Our Vision: We envision a community where everyone has enough nourishing food and ample opportunities to thrive.

Our Mission: We address hunger today and build self-sufficiency to prevent hunger tomorrow.

Second Helpings is a community kitchen that prepares and delivers more than 1 million meals to the central Indiana community each year. We’re not just teaching people to cook. We’re providing an avenue for people to transform their own lives. We don’t just collect food. We rescue food, because we refuse to stand by and allow waste, while so many in our community do not have the healthy food they need to thrive.

To learn more about the effort to transform lives through the power of food, review our Organizational Values and learn about our history.

Volunteer Needs

Second Helpings is a volunteer-powered organization. Every day, volunteers make every part of our mission possible – from chopping produce to answering phones, from delivering meals to teaching students.

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Job Training

Food Rescue

Hunger Relief


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