Second Helpings has grown tremendously in the last decade. Here, we present a timeline of milestones for the Southeast Side nonprofit. All proceeds from Tonic Ball support the work Second Helpings does in the community.
1998 — 60 meals prepared and delivered on the first day in a kitchen space in the old RCA factory at 10th and Michigan.
1999 — 20 other social service agencies receive food from Second Helpings at no cost
2000 — 28th student graduates from Culinary Job Training Program
2001 — One millionth pound of food rescued. The first Tonic Ball is held.
2002 — 36 social service agencies receive food at no cost from Second Helpings.
2003 — One millionth meal prepared and delivered
2004 — Over 100 graduates from the Culinary Job Training Program
2005 — Second Helpings moves to 1121 Southeastern Ave
2006 — 5,000,000 pound of food rescued
2007 — Second Helpings distributes its 3 millionth meal
2008 — 10 million pounds rescued, 300 Culinary Job Training Graduates
2009 — 4 millionth meal distributed
2010 — 400th student graduated from Culinary Job Training Graduates
2011 — 15,000,000 pound of food rescued.