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Food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks in Charleston County South Carolina.

Find free food, groceries and meals for low income families in Charleston County South Carolina. People can get help from churches, non-profits or charities. There are distribution centers, including drive thru food banks, that give out a box of groceries or get a hot meal from a soup kitchen in the area. Find a free food bank and pantry that will be 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 that will be in your community. Each 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 pet food too. Or find a toll free referral number at the bottom of the page for more locations in Charleston County SC of free food boxes.

There may also be free holiday food baskets and Thanksgiving/Christmas meals, turkey dinners, and case management services from a pantry in Charleston SC. Or get produce, free dairy items, gluten free food or low-sodium products in Charleston and other stuff. Staff 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.

Charities and government programs for free food in Charleston SC area

Shifa Clinic
668 Marina Dr, Charleston, SC 29492. 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.

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.

 

 

 

Parkside Church - St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
45 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC, 29403. Call 843-709-8716

New Covenant Church of God
Address is 7349 Stall Rd, Charleston, South Carolina 29406. Dial 843-797-3777
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. Call 843-559-0865
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 or (843) 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. 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
3923 Azalea Dr, North Charleston, SC 29405
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. Dial 843-762-3653
Provides food, groceries, and assistance to James Island area residents. Western Charleston County low-income families can use the pantry, which can help people facing an emergency too.

Vanderhorst Koinonia Ministries
Main address is 33 Nassau Street, Charleston , SC 29403. Call 843-324-4735

Bethel United Methodist Church
57 Pitt Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. Call 843-723-4587

Food pantries in Charleston County SCEl-Shaddai Missionary Baptist Church
The Food Pantry is at 4708 Durant Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405. Phone: (843) 225-2337
Low-income families, the elderly and others will get help. Free shelf stable food, produce, dairy, meat and more items may be passed out - even pet food.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach
Address: 1684 Brownswood Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455. Call (843) 559-4109
The faith based charity has an emergency food pantry for the community.

Sea Islands Blessing Basket at  Church of Our Saviour
4416 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455. Call 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. Dial 843-556-4398 or dial (843) 723-4386

Faith Assembly of God - Remount (Revive)
1527 Remount Rd, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406. Call 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. Dial 843-553-2012
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. Get cereal, rice, produce, dairy, and other shelf-stable food for free. 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

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. Call 843-744-1300 or (843) 744-1600
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. Call (843) 928-3848
Meals, free food, case management, and referrals offered.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels
Location is 2304 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466. Call (843) 881-9350
Volunteer driven free hot meals to Mt Pleasant SC and regional seniors and disabled people. Free frozen food, low sodium groceries and holiday baskets are offered among other free food programs.

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. Call (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
Free emergency boxes of food are offered.

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

Neighbors Together (formerly Tricounty Family Ministries)Location of the food bank is at 3349 Rivers Ave.,  2105 Cosgrove Avenue 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. Runs a number of financial programs for Charleston families. Get help for housing, non-perishable and fresh food, meals, and guidance. More on food assistance from Neighbors Together - 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. 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,  holiday meals, and clothing closet with kitchen stuff.

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

East Cooper Community Outreach
Location is 1145 6 Mile Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466. Phone - (843) 849-9220
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. There will be free cereal, rice, pasta, and even low-salt food, with services offered across Charleston County.

 

 

 

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. Call (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. A soup kitchen also helps feed the homeless in N. Charleston.

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. There are also free Meals on Wheels services for the homebound in downtown Charleston.

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.

 

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