Etymology
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helping (n.)

"aid, assistance," late 13c., verbal noun from help (v.). Meaning "act of serving food" is from 1824; that of "a portion of food" is from 1883.

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Definitions of helping

helping (n.)
an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal;
the helpings were all small
Synonyms: portion / serving
From wordnet.princeton.edu