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Free food pantries and groceries Charleston County South Carolina.

Find free food, groceries and meals for low income families in Charleston County South Carolina as well as struggling households. People can contact free food pantries, soup kitchens, churches, and charities as well as a drive thru food bank for a box of groceries. There are locations in the area near you that may be open today. The centers free or low cost food, groceries, clothing, and holiday meals. Find a free food bank and pantry near you in Charleston County SC.

The region, including North Charleston SC and Mt. Pleasant, 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 elderly and disabled in Charleston SC can also get free Meals on Wheels services. Or find a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page for more locations in Charleston County SC of free food boxes.

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, turkey dinners, 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.

Charities and government programs for free food in Charleston SC area

Shifa Clinic
1092 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC, 29466
Telephone number is 843-352-4580
The free food pantry is open daily. Get free groceries, hygiene supplies, food baskets and other support. Everything from canned groceries to fresh fruits, Ensure for the elderly, dairy, and meat may be offered, based on donations.

Emanuel AME Church West Ashley
Location is 1044 Saint Andrews Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 571-0826




Faith in Action
Address is 2730 Gordon Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29405
For hours of the food pantry, call 843-225-0105
Based on donations, there may be Canned Vegetables, Boxed Pastas, Rice, Beans, and even paper products, like toilet paper or napkins. Or get detergent and other hygiene supplies.

St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
45 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC, 29403

New Covenant Church of God
Address is 7349 Stall Rd
Charleston, South Carolina 29406
Whether year round food, holiday baskets (Thanksgiving or Christmas) or some basic clothes, they help the low income and working poor. The church passes out fresh foods, meals, fruits, infant formula, meals and nutritious items to families as well as individuals faced with hunger.

Deer Park Baptist Church
Address is 8875 Old University Blvd.
N. Charleston, South Carolina, 29406
Telephone number is 843-553-1172
The pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday morning. Low income families, the unemployed and food insecure can get assistance from the North Charleston free food bank.

Hebron Zion Presbyterian
Address is 2915 Bohicket Road
Johns Island, South Carolina, 29455
The Western Part of Charleston County is served. Get Filling, shelf-stable foods, instant milk, dried fruit or vegetables and other goods.

Salvation Army Service Unit - Charleston County Program
Location is 2135 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone number - (843) 747-5271
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. Additional Salvation Army centers are in the Charleston County SC area as well. More on Salvation Army Charleston County assistance programs.





Community Resource Center - North Charleston
3947 Whipper Barony Lane
North Charleston, South Carolina, 29406
Main number is 843-530-6473 or dial (843) 641-8366
Various financial and food assistance programs are offered. Everything from SNAP or WIC food stamp applications to free lunches and more. Free boxes of groceries, clothes, and other basic needs can be addressed. They also offer a mobile food pantry to the low-income in Charleston.

James Island Outreach
1860-C Camp Road
Charleston, South Carolina, 29412
Provides food, groceries, and assistance to James Island area residents.

Vanderhorst Koinonia Ministries
Main address is 33 Nassau Street
Charleston , SC 29403

Bethel United Methodist Church
57 Pitt Street
Charleston, SC, 29401

Sea Islands Blessing Basket at  Church of Our Saviour
4416 Betsy Kerrison Parkway
Johns Island, South Carolina 29455
704-401-6824 or try (843) 768-2046
A free soup kitchen and food pantry are on site. There are bag lunches, meals or water for the homeless, and other hunger prevention programs.

New Cannon St Baptist Church
46 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC, 29403
843-556-4398 or dial (843) 723-4386

Faith Assembly of God - Remount (Revive)
1527 Remount Rd
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
843-899-2734 or dial (843) 747-2334

Aldersgate United Methodist
Food bank address is 1444 Remount Rd.
North Charleston, SC, 29406
Dial 843-744-0283 for hours.

Lowcountry C.A.R.E.S at Midland Park Community Ministries
2427 Midland Park Road
North Charleston, SC, 29406
People that need help in the form of free groceries, food items, or meals can call the charity food bank. Also learn about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Meals on Wheels for the elderly or seniors and other goods.





Catholic Charities - Food Pantry - Coastal Catholic Charities
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.

  • 3400 Salterbeck St, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466, Call (843) 388-0089
  • Another location is 1662 Ingram Rd, Charleston, SC 29407. The number is (843) 531-5570

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1157 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
Call 843-766-8311
The food pantry is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Get personal toiletries, like soap or feminine goods, as well as free food. Get beans, cooking oil, rice cakes, dry and canned goods and more.

Mt. Olive Baptist CHS
2416 Meeting Street Road
Charleston, SC, 29405
3rd Saturday of the month - 10 AM-12 PM

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

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

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, emergency pantries as well as emergency programs in Charleston County near you. Call the Lowcountry 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. Learn more on huger prevention services from Lowcounty food bank as well as partner organizations.


By Jon McNamara

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