Our Mission

We seek to serve the poor and homeless of our community 

by sharing the love of God and giving them:

Food for Their Bodies,

Kindness for Their Souls, &

Hope for the Future.


The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen is an inter-denominational, inter-faith ministry, made up of a partnership of various individuals and organizations across the Upstate. We share a common belief that when we serve those in need, we serve God.


Guests patiently wait for a hot noonday meal.

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.
  • Everything we do is to glorify God.


Our Children:

We believe that our children are our most valued guests. The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has created a Children’s Corner which is set apart from the adult dining area. The volunteers prepare and serve meals to the children in this area, which also provides an opportunity for volunteers to engage in special activities with the children. Volunteers read stories, assist the children with artwork projects and a variety of other events.


Our History:

The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen first opened its doors in 1982. Bag lunches were served every day out of the kitchen of the Second Presbyterian Church gymnasium to 20-25 homeless men. Today more than 500 men, women, and children are served a hot home-cooked noonday meal 365 days a year…still out of that same 300 square-foot kitchen.


After 29 years of service to the community, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, housed in the gym of Second Presbyterian Church, has out grown its facility. In September 2010, we purchased the old Kapasi Glass Mart building on Forest Street. We are in the process of raising funds to renovate this facility. To date, we have raised more than $640,000 in gifts and pledges.


In 2009, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen became registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. While the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has been a thriving ministry generously supported by the Second Presbyterian Church for 29 years, there have been many volunteers and supporters from across the community as well. Having received 501(c)(3) status, the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen now operates under the direction of a community-based Board of Directors.


With today’s economy, we are seeing our numbers drastically increasing, especially with our guests that are among the “working poor.” In the past two years, due to the economic downturn, the numbers of guests eating at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has increased by 40%. We have passionate and committed volunteers and staff, who work hard to serve the least of these in our community. 

Our Director, Lou Landrum and Assistant to the Director, Ollie Smith, have been with us for nine years, and we have more than 600 dedicated community volunteers. Even though we are in difficult economic times, this is an exciting time in the history of the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen.


      Board Chairman, Joe Corpening & Director, Lou Landrum               Director's Assistant, Ollie Smith, is hard at work in the kitchen.



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