Tonic turns ten: A timeline 

click to enlarge Ken Honeywell of Tonic Ball fame


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.

Ten years, ten figures:

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