The Project Host Soup Kitchen began in 1981 as an extension of St. Andrew's Church, but by 1994, the kitchen was feeding more people than it could accommodate. It was then that Project Host moved to our current address, where we have continued to develop and serve the community. The imminent need to attack issues of hunger and poverty in Greenville has remained at the core of Project Host’s growth. The Garden opened on-site in 1998, followed by the CC Pearce Culinary School in 2003 and the Cooking for Kids program in 2007. Last year, we served 144,117 meals to our community.
Soup Kitchen and Evening Meals Program
THE SOUP KITCHEN The Soup Kitchen offers a free, balanced and nutritious meal each day in a safe, clean, and caring environment to all who are hungry. Every Sunday through Friday from 11-12, we serve lunch to approximately 125 people, including both homeless populations and low-wage workers. If you would like to volunteer in the soup kitchen, sign up here. Volunteers are needed Sunday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. To donate food or for other questions, please call 864-235-3403 or email email@example.com.
THE EVENING MEALS PROGRAM Our Evening Meals program partners with local churches to provide free, hot meals to any and all in communities with identifiable needs. We are currently serving four sites once a week; service locations and times are listed below. If you are unable to volunteer during daytime hours, evening meal preparation takes place on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Please sign up here.
Evening Meal Free Open Services Wednesdays: Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, service at 5:30 pm 505 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29605 (864) 277-0462
Salem United Methodist Church, service at 5:30 pm 2700 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611 (864) 269-1191
San Souci Church, service at 5:30 pm 3100 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC 29609 (864) 233-4558 Thursdays: First Christian Fellowship Church, service at 6:00 pm 110 Montana St, Greenville, SC 29611 (864) 233-5333
The CC Pearce Culinary School addresses the root causes of hunger by equipping unemployed and underemployed individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to work in professional kitchens and to become more financially stable. The Culinary School is a free six-week program that includes hands-on food preparation, ServSafe food safety instruction, and employment readiness lessons to prepare people for gainful employment that will lead them toward self-sufficiency. The students develop their skills by preparing meals for Cooking for Kids.
Cooking for Kids utilizes our culinary students to make freshly prepared meals for children of low-income families. According to the US Department of Agriculture, approximately one in five children do not have access to adequate and nutritious food. This puts children at risk for many lifelong problems that arise from hunger and poor nutrition. Because school-aged kids are unable to come to the Soup Kitchen during the week, we go to them to ensure that all children have access to nutritious food outside of school. Project Host is serving delicious, scratch-made meals to over ten different programs, with approximately 400 children served each day in the Greenville area.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS If you operate an out-of-school time program for children or know of one that could benefit from this service, or if you would like to request more information, call 864-235-3403 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardening for Good
Project Host was the first soup kitchen in the country to have a garden on site - and this is one garden that earns its keep. With a greenhouse and twenty-nine raised beds that grow produce all year long, the garden harvests produce for the Soup Kitchen, Cooking for Kids, and the culinary classes at the CC Pearce Culinary School. For more information, email email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERING If you are interested in volunteering in our garden, please sign up here.
HostMobile and the Bakery
The Bakery will provide additional training and creates jobs for our culinary students and graduates. By purchasing prepared foods, you will directly support our students on their path to financial stability.
Thanks to Fluor's Golf for Greenville grant, the Hostmobile is our pay-it-forward food truck outreach. The truck schedules several paid services per week which will help to fund free meal services in areas of need. Follow us on Instagram for upcoming events!