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For more than 20 years, Second Helpings has operated a three-part approach to addressing hunger and poverty in Central Indiana. Each day, Second Helpings volunteers and staff rescue prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants – preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create more than 4,000 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to more than 90 social service agencies that feed Hoosiers in need.

Using that same rescued food, Second Helpings Culinary Job Training program prepares adults with barriers to employment for careers in the food service industry. This helps eliminate hunger and poverty at its source. More than 850 adults have graduated from this program. Second Helpings alumni are working in Central Indiana as cooks, executive chefs, business owners and culinary instructors.