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Columbia food pantries and free food banks in Richland County.

Low income families can receive free food from a local pantry. The centers are focused on helping Richland County residents that are facing a short term financial hardship. If a family needs longer term support or access to government programs, then referrals can be provided to SNAP food stamps or other benefits including free vouchers from WIC.

The locations in Columbia as well as the county also partner with other services such as soup kitchens or Meals on Wheels from Agency on Aging centers. In addition to the free food, there may be other support such as financial help for bills or clothing. Many feeding sites also pass out free turkeys for Thanksgiving or serve Christmas meals to the needy in Richland County. So the agencies provide numerous resources for income qualified clients.

While terms and conditions of each food bank will vary, in general they try to not turn anyone away. The locations try to find some solution to families facing hunger. Even if a Richland County free pantry can’t help in an emergency, they will direct the client to other assistance programs.

Catholic Charities of the Midlands – Richland County center
The address is 1427 Pickens St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone - (855) 377-1357
Supports immigrants, single moms, and families. Free food is from the pantry as well as Christmas meals and other help.

The Cooperative Ministry
Main address is 3821 W Beltline
Columbia, SC 29204
Telephone - (803) 799-3853
The charity supports Richland County. Families in poverty as well as the working poor can use the food bank. Other aid includes free baby formula, diapers, a Meals on Wheels service, and educational support for people threatened with poor nutrition. They also help by offering nutritional workshops, applications to SNAP food stamps and more. Find more information on assistance programs from Cooperative Ministry.




We Care Center
Location is 1808 Chapin Rd
Chapin, SC 29036
Telephone: (803) 345-3244

Church Of Christ-Sunset Boulevard
1303 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-765-1194
A food pantry and soup kitchen are on site. Free groceries, vegetables, bread, meat, and other food items may be passed out.

Pilgrim's Inn
236 W Main St
Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 327-4227
Services range from shelter to a food pantry. Referrals are also given to SNAP food stamps and state of South Carolina programs.

Richland County Salvation Army
3024 Farrow Rd
Columbia, SC 29203
For hours, dial (803) 765-0260
In addition to free groceries, many services are offered. There is a thrift store that may have clothing, Christmas meals and gifts, and financial aid. The non-profit helps the working poor. They also offer job placement, Thanksgiving turkey dinners, and summer snacks to students too.





Hope Community Learning Center
1234 St. Andrews RD
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Dial (803) 451-2139

Harvest Hope Food Bank
Location is 2220 Shop Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Telephone – 803-254-4432
Referrals are given. They partner with agencies that help single moms and immigrants, local church run food pantries and soup kitchens, USDA commodity services and so much more.

Asbury Memorial UMC
Main address is 1005 Asbury Dr.
Columbia, South Carolina 29209
Telephone - (803) 691-1622
Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
A food bank is on site at the church office. Providing food for those in need in the local community around the church and parish.

God's Storehouse
1731 Risley Rd
Columbia, SC 29223
Telephone - (803) 691-1622
A food and clothing bank is on site. In a crisis, a free bag of food with non-perishable goods is available at most once every 3 months. Donations are needed.

Supreme Outreach - South Carolina
209 Victor Avenue extension
Greer, SC 29651
(770) 965-1170

Location of food bank is 1831 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
The charity can help in an emergency.

Washington Street Soup Kitchen
1401 Washington St
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 256-2417
The very low income and homeless can get a free hot meal, including a Turkey at Thanksgiving or holiday food.

St. Peter’s Conference
1529 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Pantry phone – 803-779-0036
The church relies on volunteers. Food such as rice, cereal, and milk, and dairy is offered.







Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Soup kitchen
1100 Sumter ST
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
(803) 771-7300
Free breakfast is available on Sunday's.

Other resources, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program – TEFAP as well as surplus USDA Commodities are available. Or find the location of more food pantries that are for low income families in Richland. Call 803.254.4432 for details.


By Jon McNamara

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