Second Helpings To Host "Corks And Forks" Fundraiser At Bankers Life Fieldhouse
INDIANAPOLIS – As thousands of people across Indianapolis and central Indiana struggle with hunger and making a better life for themselves, one non-profit organization is working to not only feed those in need, but provide career skills in the food industry to help those get back on their feet with a steady job.
Second Helpings has been serving the community since 1998 and has three goals as part of its mission: food rescue, hunger relief and job training.
To help keep their missions going, Second Helpings is hosting a fundraiser called “Corks and Forks” on Wednesday, March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The event will showcase some of the best dishes from the top chefs from restaurants across Indianapolis.
“You will party with us for a great cause with fabulous executive chefs and mixologist from all around Indianapolis,” says Murphy.
Tickets for the event are $150 and are available through SecondHelpings.org.
How does Second Helpings help the community?
“We partner with hundreds of organizations to rescue food from grocery stores and wholesalers that are donating food that might otherwise be wasted. We’re bringing that food back here and turning it into 4,000 meals a day,” says Statia Murphy, Development and Event Planning Officer with Second Helpings.
The meals are prepared at their facility at 1121 Southeastern Avenue at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Center, and then transported to more than 80 social service agencies across the area including the Boys and Girls’ Club, Wheeler Mission and Pride Academy.
The organization also provides a free seven-week job training program to those wanting to start a career in the food service industry who might be disadvantaged and struggling with job placement or an initial referral.
“They’re not only going to get basic culinary skills, but they’re also going to have an opportunity to receive assistance as far as how to present yourself in [a job] interview and how to stay employed,” says Murphy.
Second Helpings says it has provided training to more than 750 unemployed adults to work in restaurants across central Indiana.
Photo courtesy of Second Helpings.