Second Helpings and Charities and Philanthropy

Second Helpings closes catering arm

January 26, 2009
Local caterers will have one less competitor in 2009, after Second Helpings closed its for-profit catering arm, Just Cause.

Second Helpings CEO Cynthia Hubert notified supporters in December that the catering business begun three years ago would fold at the end of the month. "When we re-forecast the budget, it wasn't going to be breaking even," Hubert said. "We decided we could not take our eye off our core operation."

Second Helpings takes perishable food from grocery wholesalers and restaurants and uses it to prepare 2,900 meals a day for 50 different agencies. Just Cause was created to supplement the not-for-profit's income. Hubert declined to say how much the catering business had generated. Just Cause was a relatively small operation with one van and six employees.

Hubert said Second Helpings will retain the trademark and may launch the business again when the economy improves.
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