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Aiken County food pantries.

Families and individuals in need can try a food pantry in Aiken County for help. Whether it is a bag of groceries, hot meal, or referrals to SNAP food stamps, some form of help is often available. Of course any support from one of the non-profits will depend on donation levels and other factors.

There should never be any hesitation in contacting a food bank. Thousands of Aiken County families use them on occasion. It is normally for an unexpected crisis or short term support on this challenging economy. Any food passed out will be for free or low cost and is given in confidence.

A key goal is to prevent hunger in households with children or senior citizens. So in these cases meals, including baby formula, will be prepared for their special dietary needs. Or the elderly or disabled in Aiken County Carolina can sign up for home delivery of meals if they are home-bound.

Area Churches Together Serving
Main address is 340 Park AVE SW
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Phone - (803) 642-5919
A food pantry and thrift store are on site. Programs range from free food, meals to the homeless and furniture to fire survivors. There are also food boxes for senior citizens in Aiken County, and the Benefit Bank of South Carolina helps people apply for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers.

Christ Central Mission - New Ellenton
412 Main ST S
New Ellenton, SC 29809
(803) 652-2006
A congregate meal site for lunch and Meals on Wheels are run. There is also a Sunday morning breakfast and after school services, clothing and snacks for children.

Another location of Christ Central Mission in Aiken
3605 Richland AVE
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
(803) 640-1708





Community Ministry of North Augusta
646 East Buena Vista Ave
North Augusta, South Carolina 29861
For an application, dial (803) 279-5771

Valley Outreach Interfaith Center
1469 Augusta RD
Warrenville, SC 29851
(803) 663-9955
A free food pantry may have canned goods, fruits, baby formula, and paper goods for low income households.

Salvation Army of Aiken
604 Park Ave
Aiken, SC 29801
Main number - (803) 641-4149
A soup kitchen is on site. Other support includes financial aid for bills, Christmas meals and gifts, and emergency boxes of food to stop hunger. There is also a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Picture ID is required, along with case management.

Community Hope Center - Oasis Church
2558 Wagener RD
Aiken, South Carolina 29803
(803) 649-4447

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center
2443 Augusta RD
Gloverville, SC 29828
Telephone - (803) 593-2623
Among services is the Brown Bag Food Program for senior adults ages 60+.





There are also a few food pantries in northern Georgia that also support Aiken County residents. They include Big Mama's House of Love ((706) 284-8793) and another Salvation Army center, phone (706) 826-7933.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
138 Fairfield ST
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Call (803) 642-3211
A soup kitchen and pantry are at this charity, and volunteers help the working poor and families in poverty.

For the location of more distribution centers, or information on government food assistance in Aiken County, call 706.736.1199. Very low income families have many other programs available to them, both from the federal funded USDA and charities.




By Jon McNamara

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