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South Carolina free food pantries and food banks.

South Carolina food banks and emergency pantries that are near you provide assistance to tens of thousands of state residents each year. Individuals and families can turn to these non-profit organizations if/when they need free food or groceries when they are facing a hardship, or some other type of emergency. Get information on where to turn to for assistance, referrals, and other support.

Your local food bank near you is always a great place to turn to for a wide variety of free groceries, including perishables, frozen foods, bread, meats, vegetables, hot meals, and much more. Each and every center, and the individuals who work there, are strongly committed to helping as many people across South Carolina as possible. Most of the staff and counselors can also direct state residents to other assistance programs. There is also a telephone number for referrals to other local food pantries near you in SC at the bottom of this page.

For example, get information and maybe applications on state and federal government programs such as WIC or food stamps. There is also infant formula and diapers for new moms, and this is another common service at a food pantry. They also partner with other centers, which may be closer to you, and can refer you to those local food banks, churches and pantries. More on free South Carolina formula and diapers.

Last, but not least, most counties in South Carolina also administer other programs. Non-profits that operate in those counties can provide the low income and unemployed with resources. Call a center below for more information on county specific programs and organizations.

Local food banks in South Carolina near you

Find information on additional food pantries and distribution centers for your city or county. These centers are specific to the County in question. The locations can provide groceries, food, hot meals, baby formula, and other items such as clothing. Or scroll down the page for more locations of free food pantries.

Lowcountry Food Bank is based in Charleston with affiliates around the region. They work with pantries, charities and feeding sites in the counties of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg. Any family (or individual) in need can get free groceries, perishable food, meats and even Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas meals. There is also applications to government aid such as SNAP food stamps, WIC or USDA lunch programs.

  • The Hulsey Family Community Food and Nutrition Center is based at 2864 Azalea Dr., Charleston, SC 29405. Dial (843) 747-8146
  • Another Feeding America location is at Lowcountry Food Bank Yemassee Regional Food Center, and the address is One Guess Rd., Yemassee, SC 29945. Call (843) 589-4118
  • A low country partner-site is Food Lion Feeds Regional Food Center address is 4716 Northgate Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Call (843) 448-0341. This food pantry is really a non-profit church organization and partnership that distributes food to the hungry and needy in the community.

 

 

 

Harvest Hope Food Bank supports the middle part of the state, upstate and Pee Dee. There are hundreds of local partners they work with, and anyone in need should contact a local food pantry or soup kitchen. Assistance programs include Kids Cafe and Afterschool Snack Program, Meals on Wheels, and cooking classes. The site is open limited hours. Call for an appointment or details. Other services include hot meals, bags of groceries, free food, and more. Or apply for programs such as SNAP food stamps.

The local pantries also have year round food, such as meat, fresh produce, dairy, baby formula, and regular canned groceries.  The counties and cities of Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Columbia SC, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter are all covered by Harvest Hope.

  • Midland Feeding America- Harvest Hope is at 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201. For referrals, dial  803-254-4432
  • PeeDee region address is 2513 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501. Call 843-661-0826
  • Upstate region - 2818 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611. Call 864-281-3995

Golden Harvest
They are based in Georgia, but provide assistance in part of South Carolina as well. There is support for the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, as well as Mc Cormick. There are SNAP advocacy workshops, Social Services, and Mobile Food Pantries in the region.

They also help provide USDA Commodities, such as cheese, dairy and milk. Or get free shelf-stable food or information on local hunger prevention services. Golden Harvest Food Bank covers parts of SC from 81 Capital Drive, Aiken, SC 29803. Call 803.642.2912

Community Kitchen Inc. Of Myrtle Beach
1411 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Telephone number is (843)444-9383
The location supports other towns in Horry County as well, including Conway and Murrels Inlet. They feed the homeless, transient, and others in need. Meals on Wheels are offered for retirees and homebound in Horry County area.

 

 

 

 

Helping Hands Of Goose Creek
104b Commerce Place, Goose Creek, SC 29445. (843) 553-7132
Eligible people can get up to 6 monthly food visits. Or ask a social worker or volunteer on site for information on other service or programs that you may qualify for. The non-profit focuses on offering emergency food assistance to the low income, seniors citizens, and needy.

Samaritan House
2723 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29605. Call (864) 299-5898
This agency partners with local charities and churches, and it can provide clothing and free food to those in the neighborhood who are in need of help. Counselors on site can also provide information on social services and government programs.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
They are based in Charlotte, but work with partners in the South Carolina MSA of Charlotte. The region includes Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Lancaster, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union, and York County. The main referral number is (704) 376-1785. They work with many churches, non-profits, and government agencies in South Carolina.

Loaves & Fishes
Address: 25 Woods Lake Road, Greenville - SC, 29607. Phone number - 864.232.3595
A hot meal may be served. The non-profit can also provide other support, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets.

Lois G. McArn Food Bank - Cheraw
Location - 131 2nd St., Cheraw - South Carolina, 29520. Call (843) 537-0642

Samaritan House Incorporated
320 W Oakland Ave, Sumter - SC, 29150. Call (803) 775-0024

Fairfield Community Food Bank
Primary address is 100 US-321 BYP, Winnsboro, SC 29180. Call (803) 635-9234

Information and Referral-United Way of Midland
Main address - 1800 Main St., Columbia - SC, 29201. Dial (803) 733-7312
Provides funding to many local non-profits. Can provide families information on places to go for help.

Community Food Bank Of The Piedmont
Main address - 206 S Main St., Mauldin, South Carolina 29662 . Call (864)675-0350
Boxes of canned goods, surplus government commodities, milk, rice, and more may be offered. Also inquire into public assistance such as the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Meals and boxes of food can be tailored to meet the nutritional needs of the elderly and senior citizens in the area.

 

 

 

 

The Haven
852 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Dial 864-582-6737

More South Carolina free food pantry locations

The main food distribution centers above partner with other non-profits and charities in all cities and towns across South Carolina. There may be other food pantries or government programs near you as well. Dial (803) 254-4432 for referrals or to get help to find a food distribution center that is in your community. Or learn about general Feeding America resources around hunger prevention in SC.

 

By Jon McNamara

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