Program to collect leftover food expands to Topsail Island

Friends feeding friends

Bryant Mende and Julia Sherron of Topsail island hold a T-Shirt promoting a program they started called "Friends Feeding Friends."

Photo by John Sudbrink / The Daily News
Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 01:17 PM.

An idea that began 10 years ago in one North Carolina beach town keeps growing by the pound.

Bill Spier, a Charlotte retiree with a summer home in Holden Beach, started A Second Helping as a way to collect the leftover food from departing vacationers and donate it to local food banks and soup kitchens.

He hit a milestone of 100,000 pounds of food collected in 2013 and is now seeing similar programs expand to other communities.

A Second Helping-Emerald Isle recently announced the June 14 debut of its program and June 21 is the start of Friends Feeding Friends on Topsail Island.

“That has been a goal of ours; to not only do this in Holden Beach but to see it spread to other vacation spots. It’s encouraging to see programs starting in Emerald Isle and on Topsail,” Spier said.

Spier said he knows of a South Carolina town that modeled a project after A Second Helping a few years ago and the ones on Bogue Banks and Topsail Islands are the latest. There may be other similar program out there; he hopes so.

“It’s something that can be done in any resort area,” he said.

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