The Soup Kitchen
For more information about this ministry, please visit the Soup Kitchen's website.
Spartanburg Soup Kitchen
136 S. Forest Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
In 1890 Second Presbyterian began as a mill church. In the 60’s and 70’s as the mills started closing, the ‘mill village’ located behind the church made a transition to a depressed, crime riddled and poor community.
Twenty six years ago an elder, who had a heart for the homeless challenged the Session to feed the homeless that lived around and on our church grounds. They agreed and we began by serving 15 people a day out of the back door of our brand new Christian Ministries Building. Today the Soup Kitchen has completely engulfed the CMB and feeds 400 people a day, 365 days a year.
Relying on the grace of God, a congregation of 350 with over 250 volunteers from the community are able to operate this ministry. If we had to pay for all the work and food it would cost $1.2 million annually. Instead, through hundreds of donations a year, we are able to operate with a budget of just over $100,000, one part-time director, and one part-time cook.
Under the incredible leadership and vision of our Director, Lou Landrum, and our Soup Kitchen Committee, we have expanded our basic program by partnering with other community non-profits to offer health screening and to focus people with special physical needs and children. One of our recent additions is a ‘Kids Corner’ where volunteers from our church come and read to the children during lunch. We also operate a small clothes closet, and at Christmas volunteers provide presents for the children of our guest.
We believe God’s heart is bent toward the least, the lost and the last of this world and this ministry allows us to join the risen Christ in the on-going work of witness to the Gospel through acts of compassion.