4 Food Banks & Groups that Feed the Hungry in Spartanburg

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Do you sometimes wonder if there is anything you personally can do to help those in need right in Spartanburg? Or maybe you know some kids who would benefit from a free breakfast and lunch program in Spartanburg over the summer? We’ve put together this list of local organizations helping out in Spartanburg – organizations that need your help too!

Did you know that Spartanburg county has the highest occurrence of food insecurity in the entire state?

Whether your family includes some of the over 40,000 people in Spartanburg who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or your family would like to find out easy (and fun) ways to help, we’ve got the info you’ll need. You’ll also find information on free breakfast and lunch programs for kids this summer in Spartanburg!

One Life Resource

We’re introducing you to a young man who was inspired to start a food pantry, a creative way your entire family can help feed the hungry, plus info about local food pantries working to feed our hungry neighbors in Spartanburg.

Kolby Cox, is a thirteen-year-old Boiling Springs teen just like most his age. He loves video games and his phone, but the thing that sets him apart from most is what he’s doing to help his community.

After an encounter with a homeless man who explained he was living under some bushes with five other people, Kolby was inspired to do something to help those in need. With the help of a friend who owns a deli in Chesnee, the first of the pop-up food pantries was born.

Kolby says, “Seeing how helpful that pantry is to people in need was inspiring.”

When asked what advice he had for other children who are inspired and might want to do the same in their community, Kolby had this to say “Keep trying and don’t give up.”

Current Locations:

Rob’s Deli
310 S. Alabama Avenue
Chesnee, SC 29323

Boiling Springs Fire Dept.
186 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316

Lake Bowen Baptist Church
404 Sugar Ridge Road, Inman, SC 29349
Opened 4th Saturday of each month from 8 am – 12 pm

help feed the hungry in Spartanburg

Hub City Empty Bowls

Do you love being creative with your philanthropy?

The Hub City Empty Bowls project is using art to help end food insecurity in Spartanburg, one bowl at a time. Last year people dropped by and made over 1,000 clay bowls. This resulted in over $33,000 being raised to help feed the hungry in Spartanburg.

No experience is necessary, all the supplies you’ll need are there and everyone is invited!

What a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family and help make a difference.

Then come back with your family in September to buy a bowl and have it filled with gourmet soups while you listen to local musicians.

Check out the Hub City Empty Bowls website for the most current event info.

Harvest of Hope

The local chapter of Harvest of Hope partners with over 100 churches and other organizations in the upstate to combat hunger. If you’ve ever participated in the “Disney on Ice” can food drive that gives free tickets to the show in exchange for canned food donations in the fall, that was Harvest of Hope.

A quick search by zip code can offer a family in need dozens of locations offering assistance.

Summer Food Service Program

The annual Summer Food Service Program, part of a national initiative to address childhood food insecurity by making sure children who take part in the free lunch program during the school year continue to have access to nutritious meals during the summer. Not just low-income children are included. Any child (18 and under) living in a district near a title 1 school is eligible for the program. Info for the Spartanburg locations is below.

Victoria Gardens
695 Howard Street, Spartanburg
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Bethlehem Center
397 Highland Avenue, Spartanburg
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Prince Hall Apartments
100 Prince Hall Lane, Spartanburg
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Camp Croft Courts
111 Hanover Place, Spartanburg
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA
151 Ribault Street, Spartanburg
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Spartanburg Prep
385 S Spring Street, Spartanburg
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Additionally, the Free Summer Lunch Program will join forces with the Spartanburg County Public Libraries offering free lunches from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at Headquarters Library, Pacolet Library, and Woodruff Library.

If you would like additional info on how to help or where to obtain help, see the Spartanburg Housing Authority Facebook.

How does your family help those in need in our community?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom

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The Upstate Family Resource Center in Boiling Springs,SC has been assisting families with food, financial and other needs since 2007. Visit http://www.upstatefrc.org for more.