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Last year, 323 Second Helpings volunteers picked up more than 2.6 million pounds of food for delivery to more than 70 nonprofit agencies and churches throughout Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. United Way of the Lowcountry, funded by local gifts, helped keep the Second Helpings' trucks delivering to those in need.
Toward that end, the local United Way board announced Thursday that gifts and pledges received as part of its 2012 annual campaign had reached $1,346,684, or 48.2 percent, of its $2.8 million goal.
According to accounting firm Pete Marwick, that 2.6 million pounds of local food equates to $4 million in value, said Peggy Warnke of Second Helpings.
Information: Call 843-982-3040 or go to www.uwlowcountry.org. A secure online payment system is available.