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Unused food does not go to waste


A donation of a few leftovers goes a long way – all the way to the hands of those in need. The 2nd Loaf tent is always pitched along Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach, where volunteers wait to collect food donations for the Good Shepherd soup kitchen. “They feed several hundred people, three times a day. So food from anywhere is very beneficial to them,” said 2nd Loaf coordinator Ann Martz.

They say when the vacation is over, many visitors, out-of-towners and residents are asked to “hand over” the leftovers. “They are driving out of town, they don’t have anywhere to take it and they really don’t want to throw it away,” described volunteer Nan Spainhour. “So it’s just neat that they can drop it by. We love it because it supports the Good Shepherd and to feed those that need feeding.”

Kim Wilt donates to 2nd Loaf and said, “Even as residents of Wrightsville Beach, we always have food that our family can’t finish and we are always looking for a place to take it too. We thought this was a great opportunity to donate close to home and to keep it in the community.”

Every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, for the past nine years, 2nd Loaf volunteers hope passers-by will leave bags of perishable, non-perishable food items or even clothing. Recently, donations have taken a hit. Volunteers said they can only blame the economy when less people head to the beach for vacation. “We wish we could get more, but the ones who bring the food are just so happy that we are doing this. So instead of throwing food away, it’s going to a good cause,” Martz said.

Members of the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk take the donated food to the Good Shepherd every Monday. This Saturday they collected a dozen bags full of food.

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videoMany people flock to Wrightsville Beach for fun and sun. Now some folks hope the crowds will translate into donations for a good cause; a cause that takes the guess work out of packing up unused food for the trip back home.

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