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.


  • 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.

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.


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.

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,

and Hope for the Future.