Our Mission

Second Helpings Atlanta is a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in the Metro Atlanta area by rescuing healthy, nutritious surplus food and distributing it to those in need. 

With a community of over 1,000 volunteers, SHA serves as the link between our network of food donors and partner agencies who feed the hungry on a daily basis. The food we rescue every day gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need, making Atlanta a more environmentally responsible metropolitan area.

The Communities We Serve

Second Helpings Atlanta operates in the Metro Atlanta area, including Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Hall counties, with ambitious plans to expand into neighboring counties in the future.

In 2022, our Food Rescue Network diverted over 4.1 million pounds of surplus food from landfills, providing nearly 3.4 million fresh, nutritious meals. In addition, our Full Plate Project provided over 500,000 nourishing meals for our partner agencies.

Making Connections Across Atlanta

Every day, our volunteers are connecting sources of food with agencies who distribute it to those in need.

Food Donors

Our food donors are the source of the nutritious food our volunteers rescue every day, providing healthy alternatives to people who often survive on diets of highly processed food.

Partner Agencies

We leverage the services of our partner agencies to safely distribute rescued food to their clients, enabling them to improve the quality of their feeding programs.


Our passionate and committed volunteers perform dozens of food rescues every day, serving as the link between “those who have it” and “those who need it.”

Strategic Partners

The collaborative relationship we have with our strategic partners helps raise the visibility of our organization and accelerate the expansion of our food rescue network.

Financial Donors

The support of our financial donors is critical to our continued growth and the impact we make in our community.

How Can You Help?

There are many ways you can support Second Helpings Atlanta’s mission to reduce hunger and food waste in the Metro Atlanta area.

An average food insecure family of 4 skips 100 meals every month
Give 90 Minutes of Your Time
That’s how long it takes to rescue and deliver a carload of nutritious food to those in need.
Become An Advocate
Help spread the news about the impact SHA is making in our community to help raise levels of awareness of our mission.
Start Talking
Make a Financial Contribution
Your contribution helps fuel the growth of our operations, enabling us to feed more of our hungry neighbors.