We Believe That…
- Every human being should be treated with dignity and respect, therefore we treat all people that eat at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen as our guests and everyone is welcome at our table.
- Feeding a hungry person is the first step in addressing their needs.
- People who are hungry may have broader issues and needs that should be recognized.
- Our volunteers and supporters are a valued asset and we know that they are essential to our success.
- We continue to strive to ensure every volunteer and guest has a positive and safe experience with our Soup Kitchen.
The Soup Kitchen began in February 1981. The members of Second Presbyterian Church made sandwiches for a few hungry people who were behind their new gym. Over time, the number of people grew from only a few to several hundred people daily. The soup kitchen evolved into a permanent mission housed in the church gymnasium.
After two decades, the need for a more efficient facility became apparent so the journey to relocate began.
In October 2009, The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen was officially formed after obtaining a 501c3 status. City rezoning for a soup kitchen was approved in summer 2010. This property, 136 S. Forest Street, was then purchased in August, 2010 to be the new location.
Construction began in June 2011. Work continued for several months until the building was ready in May 2012.
After 30 years, The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen had a new home and continues the mission started by Second Presbyterian Church of feeding the hungry in our community.