Charleston County area South Carolina free food pantries.

Families in Charleston County South Carolina can contact food pantries, soup kitchens, churches, and other charities as well as non-profits for assistance. There are locations in the area that offer free or low cost food, groceries, clothing, holiday meals and other help. The region is supported by a few dozen main food bank centers near you that are fully committed to assisting anyone in the area who needs help.

The various food pantry services are for the people of the greater Charleston area. Many of the sites located are at local churches, or partner with both local as well as national food banks and assistance agencies. Every month thousands of local families take advantage of the services offered and stop by for meals, perishable items, or consultations. There may also be free holiday gifts and Thanksgiving/Christmas meals, case management, and other aid.

Staff provide support in other ways as well, and can even direct clients to government assistance such as applications to SNAP food stamp benefits or free school lunches. All of this is in addition to the free food that is provided. In addition, pantries are a great place for both information and referral for other needs that the centers do not meet.

James Island Outreach Food Pantry
Address:  1853 Maybank Hwy.
James Island, South Carolina 29412
Dial - (843) 762-3653
Provides food, groceries, and assistance to James Island area residents.

Market Assembly Church Food Pantry
Address of church - 9659 Jamison Rd.
Ladson, South Carolina 29456
Phone number - (843) 821-2600





Catholic Charities - Food Pantry - Coastal Catholic Charities
Location is 3921 St. John's Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Main number - (843) 308-9361
A wide number of social services are offered. Other resources include a food bank, pantry, thrift store, clothing, and other food baskets. May also have Thanksgiving and holiday meals and gifts for the low income, unemployed, and working poor. Continue with Catholic Charities Charleston assistance programs.

Midland Park Community Ministries
Address - 2427 Midland Park Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
Dial - (843) 553-2012

Metropolitan Community Church of Charleston
7860-A Dorchester Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29418
Telephone number is (843) 760-6114. Call for hours or an appointment.





Ocean Grove United Methodist Church Food Program
6517 Hwy. 17 N.
Awendaw, South Carolina 29429
(843) 928-3848
Meals, free food, case management, and referrals offered.

Seacoast Church
5505 N Rhett Ave
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
Main number is (843) 375-1099
low income assistance programs include an emergency clothes closet, food pantry, and bags of groceries. they serve North Charleston and Hanahan.

Bread Basket
3790 Ashley Phosphate Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 760-6116
Hot meals are for the homeless, and seniors can also sometimes receive a bag of groceries or low cost meal delivered to their home.

Celebration Station
Location is 1935 Reynolds Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Main number - (843) 225-6603

Jabez Ministries
Main office address is 119 E. Goose Creek Blvd.
Goose Creek, South Carolina 29445
Phone number - (843) 553-5155
Free emergency boxes of food are offered.





Help of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-4010
Runs a number of financial programs for Charleston families. Get help for housing, shelter, non-perishable and fresh food, meals, and guidance.

Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion Community Outreach
Address of church - 218 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
Phone number - (843) 722-2024

Tricounty Family Ministries Food and Clothing Services
Location - 3349 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Call - (843) 747-1788
Runs both a clothing closet and food bank. Stop by for information. Get help people apply for WIC or food stamps too. More on food assistance from Tricounty Family Ministry.

Community Impact for Christ, Old Fort Baptist Church
Address of church is 10505 Dorchester Rd.
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone number - (843) 697-9504
The charity may have free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals in Charleston County. Volunteers and donations keep the non-profit running.

Seacoast Dream Center
Address - 5505 North Rhett Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone number - (843) 375-1099

ChristWay Ministries
Address is 9994 Miles Jamison Rd.
Ladson, South Carolina 29456
Phone number - (843) 851-2366
A soup kitchen may also serve free hot lunches or dinners to people in poverty.

Northbridge Church Food Pantry
1160 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-1660




East Cooper Community Outreach
Location is 1145 6 Mile Rd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
Phone - (843) 849-922
Many resources are offered for Mt Pleasant, eastern Charleston County, and nearby regions. There is Meals on Wheels for seniors and the homebound. A free food pantry, including pet food. Clothes, hygiene supplies, free bags of groceries, paper goods, and more. Or get financial aid or medical care.

Salvation Army Service Unit - Charleston County
Location of office is 4248 Dorchester Rd.
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 747-5271 x17
Meet with a case manager to learn about services, government aid, and low income programs. A number of resources are on site, such as a food bank, thrift store, holiday meals, and clothing closet.

The Community Center of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Location - 403 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Call - (843) 579-0420

World Harvest Community Church
Address is 3441 W Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 554-7960
A food bank is on Wednesdays only. There is also a warming shelter with hot meals, blankets for the homeless in Charleston, hygiene supplies, and other help.

Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services
Location - 259 Meeting St.
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Phone number - (843) 722-4127
Programs focus on senior citizens in the region. Meals on Wheels and surplus USDA commodities are passed out.

Neighborhood House
Address - 77 America St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Call (843) 723-7784 for hours that food, meals, perishable items, and other aid is distributed.

World Overcomers Ministries
6060 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
Dial - (843) 746-5180

Salvation Army Service Unit - Charleston County Volunteer Program
Location is 4248 Dorchester Rd.
Charleston, SC 29415
Phone number - 763-9881
Fresh food, ranging from fruits and vegetables to canned goods are passed out from pantry. The center can also help people apply for WIC or food stamps, including single parents and low income families with children. They also give out free turkeys at Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas.

Air Force Aid Society - Chas. AFB
Address is 104 E. Simpson St.
Charleston Afb, South Carolina 29404
Dial - (843) 963-4414
A food pantry for military personnel and their families.





Additional free food assistance programs in Charleston SC area

There are many other non-profit food banks, pantries as well as emergency programs in Charleston County near you. Call the Low Country Food Bank at 843.747.8146. Clients can also be referred to Commodity Supplemental Food, local soup kitchens, SNAP food stamp application sites and many other resources.


By Jon McNamara

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