Where to find free meals in Columbia

April 1, 2013 

Free Meals in Columbia

Monday thru Friday:

Group: Healing Hand Ministry (Division of Christ Central)

Location: Hope Plaza, corner of Main St. and Calhoun St.

Contact: Larry Johnson

Time: 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday

•  Concession Cart. Coffee, juice, water, snacks, hotdogs occasionally with other items as donated. Assists with medication thru Welvista. Some clothing to include winter coats.


Group: Oliver Gospel Mission (Males Only)

Location: Assembly St. and Taylor St.

Contact: Jeremy Laughead

Time: 5:45 a.m.-6:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday Full Breakfast; 4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday Dinner

•  (To receive meal ticket must attend 30 minute chapel service at 7:00 p.m.)

•  70 transient beds. Can stay 30 days then must be out 14. Repeats indefinitely but must pass a daily Breathalyzer test.

•  “Hands Up Program”, a 90-day program to help men find employment.

•  “Christ Centered Leadership Development”, a 6-month rehabilitation program.

•  Voucher for free S.C. ID

•  Wednesday morning after chapel can receive a full set of clothes and shoes.


Group: Soup Cellar

Location: Washington Street Methodist Church

Time: 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday

•  Lunch of sandwiches, soup, dessert, and tea


Group: Christ Central Ministry

Location: 2100 Main Street

Contact: Pastor Sylvia

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

•  Hot lunch after religious service

•  Clothing available daily


Group: 153

Location: Finlay Park

Time: 8 p.m. Wednesday

•  Chicken dinner

•  Haircuts

•  Clothing and other donated items

Location: MLK Park

Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

•  Hot meal


Group: Irwin Kuenzel

Location: Finlay Park

Time: 12:00 p.m. daily

•  Bag lunch daily

•  Hot lunch once monthly

•  New tennis shoes


Group: Bible Way Church, others

Location: Hope Plaza, Corner of Main St. and Calhoun St.

Time: 7:30 a.m. first through fourth Saturdays

•  Hot breakfast


Group: Imam Hussain, Imam Faouk

Location: Hope Plaza, corner of Main St. and Calhoun St.

•  Bag lunches


Group: Friendship Church, Gunter Chapel Church, Brown Chapel Church, Calvary Church

Location: Hope Plaza, corner of Main St. and Calhoun St.

•  Transportation to churches for hot breakfast, bag lunches, showers, clothing


Group: His Hands Ministry (The Hotdog Man)

Location: Suggs and Kelly Parking Lot, corner of Hampton St. and Huger St.

Contact: C.J. Bootz

Time: 12:00 p.m.

•  Hot dogs, chips, fruit, cookies, dessert, drinks

•  Socks, T-shirts, toiletries, shoes

•  Seasonally, sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks


Group: Restoration

Location: Finlay Park

Contact: Charmaine Primus, Lorene Vinning, Robbie Hopkins

Time: 1:00 p.m.

•  Sandwiches, snacks, juice, water

•  Occasionally, clothing, shoes, and other donations

Saturday Lunch Rotation

First Saturday: Wesley United Methodist Church

1725 Gervais St.

Hot lunch at 11:00

Second Saturday: Chappelle Memorial A.M.E Church

1101 Pine St.

Hot lunch at 12:00p.m.

Third Saturday: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

1306 Assembly St.

Hot lunch at 10:30a.m.

Fourth Saturday: First Baptist Church

1306 Hampton St.

Hot lunch at 10:30a.m.

Fifth Saturday: Restoration

Finlay Park

Hot lunch at 1:00p.m.


Free meals on Sunday

Group: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Location: 1100 Sumter St

Time: 7:00 a.m.

•  Full hot breakfast

•  Bag lunch “to go”


Group: Christ Central Ministry

Location: 2100 Main St.

Contact: Pastor Sylvia

Time: 8:00 a.m.

•  Full hot breakfast after services


Group: Café Ministry

Location: Finlay Park Café on Laurel St.

Contact: Kenna Hill, Barry Boyette

Time: 11:00 a.m.

•  Hot lunch after services

•  Clothing, toiletries, blankets, sleeping bags


Group: Food Not Bombs

Location: Finlay Park

Contact: Ira and Elaine Cooper

Time: 1:00 p.m.

•  Full hot lunch


Group: Keeping It Real Ministry

Location: Finlay Park

Contact: Oscar Gadsden

Time: 3:30 p.m.

•  Hot meal 3-4 times monthly

•  Clothing, back packs


Group: Judah

Location: Hope Plaza, corner of Main St. and Calhoun St.

Time: 4:45 p.m.

•  Hot meal

Source: City of Columbia

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