Giving Thanks and Giving Back on Thanksgiving



Giving back to the community, friends and family is the essential component that makes up the festive, spirited Thanksgiving Day holiday. It’s about being thankful for what you have and giving back to those that are less fortunate. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we encourage you to share the wealth by supporting these local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

  • Crisis Ministries/One-Eight Place – Providing food, shelter and hope to homeless people, they are the largest homeless service provider in the state of South Carolina. Since 1984, they have served more than 1,800,000 meals and given shelter to more than 37,500 people. (573 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC)
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels – Delivering healthy meals to Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Cainhoy, Sullivan’s Island and Wando residents that are homebound or unable to provide their own meals, qualified recipients receive a hot meal delivered Monday through Friday. (2304 Highway 17 N, Mount Pleasant, SC)
  • Tricounty Family Ministries – This religious organization has a soup kitchen and has served more than 2.9 million meals to people that are less fortunate. (3349 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC)
  • Neighborhood House – The soup kitchen serves approximately 120 people daily, and they also offer basic education services, as such as G.E.D. preparation, literacy training, basic skills, computer education, direct emergency financial assistance, a clothes closet and food pantry. (79 American Street, Charleston, SC)
  • Lowcountry Food Bank – This food bank is a perfect place to drop off your canned goods. (2864 Azalea Drive, North Charleston, SC)
  • East Cooper Community Outreach – Providing emergency assistance to those in need of food, clothing, financial assistance and household items. (1145 Six Mile Road, Charleston, SC)
  • Fields to Families – They help to deliver fresh produce to hunger organizations. (222 W. Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC)

If you want to donate canned goods and food to help those who need it most, consider giving these items. If you want to donate to a specific group, it is best to call in advance and ask what items they need.

  • Canned soups
  • Canned meals (chili, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meats (tuna, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Cereal or oatmeal
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Baby cereal
  • Jar baby food
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Soups
  • Crackers
  • Fruit Cups
  • Pudding Cups
  • Juices
  • Granola Bars
  • Jelly

Thank you for opening your heart and your pantry this Thanksgiving. We wish everyone to have a warm, filling and grateful Thanksgiving holiday!