How you can help: Food Bank Wish Lists, Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for ways you can help families in need in the Greenville area? We’ve identified several food bank needs in Greenville, SC and asked for wish lists of their most needed items. We hope this guide helps you help others. 

Food bank needs in Greenville, SC
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Whether it’s the holidays or not, times can get tough for families. And when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, your level of anxiety can skyrocket… especially if you have a family to feed. Over 62,000 people in Greenville County have that very stressful problem on their minds day in and day out.

But you can help. There are several food banks in the area that help families who need it most but are sometimes forgotten. Below is a “wish list” of certain items that are needed right now and where you can drop them off. Let’s cross off hunger from the list of stressors that some families are worried about.

Greer Relief

Greer Relief | 202 Victoria Street, Greer

  • Items for the food pantry (high need for soup, canned fruits, canned vegetables, breakfast items, peanut butter, and pasta sauce)
  • Household items (high need for laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, deodorant, and shampoo)
  • Items for babies (high need for diapers size 3+, baby wipes, and boys and girls clothing in sizes 4-12)
  • Holiday needs (turkey/ham, potatoes, gravy mix, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and several other items)
  • You can financially support through the Thanksgiving Food Baskets program
  • Current Greer Relief food pantry wish list

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Harvest Hope Food Bank | 2818 White Horse Road, Greenville

  • 1 lb bags of rice
  • 1 lb boxes of pasta
  • 1 lb bags of dried beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Chicken or Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Boxed single-serving breakfast items (oatmeal, granola bars, grits)
  • Single-serve pop-top canned meals (like Chef Boyardee, mac and cheese, or beef stew)
  • Baby Supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, foods- no jars)
  • Holiday Amazon Wish Lists
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Greer Community Ministries

Greer Community Ministries | 738 S. Line Street, Greer

They gladly accept non-perishable food items to support the on-site Food Pantry Monday – Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM and Friday 8 AM to 2 PM.

  • Instant potatoes/Stuffing Mix
  • Canned Meat
  • Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
  • Beef Stew/Chicken and Dumplings
  • Canned Greens (Collard, Spinach, etc.)
  • 1 lb. boxes pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Grits
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Pasta

Food Not Bombs

The Greenville Chapter Of Food Not Bombs | Location Varies

Items that are always in demand include:

  • AA & AAA batteries (to power our homeless friend’s flashlights)
  • Ibuprofen, Tylenol
  • Baby wipes (for personal hygiene.)
  • Emergency blankets
  • bandaids
  • Chapstick
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Dog & cat food (portioned into sandwich or quart-sized bags)
  • Shelf-stable food/candy/snacks/gum
  • detergent/laundry soap/Tide pods
  • q-tips

Loaves & Fishes Greenville

Loaves & Fishes Greenville | 25 Woods Lake Road, Suite 810, Greenville

They need these nutritious foods MOST:

  • Canned fruits
  • Tuna
  • Beef stew
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauces
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Fresh (unwashed) garden produce
  • Amazon Wish List

If you donate glass or bagged items, please clearly label and place them in a separate area to avoid spillage.
Donation drop offs are Monday – Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Friday 9 AM to 2:30 PM. Call ahead before dropping off your donation.

Foothills Family Resources

Foothills Family Resources | 3 Main Street, Slater

Foothills Family Resources welcomes ANY donations, but “complete” meal items are in high demand right now. Examples include:

  • Pasta & sauce
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Rice & canned stew or beans
  • Canned tuna or chicken & crackers or mac & cheese
  • Soups/canned pastas

In addition, they also need toilet paper and diapers (specifically size 5 right now).

Food Pantry Maps

If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help your community, these maps can provide you with locations near you where you can donate

Greenville County Services Map

Greenville County maintains this map of community services, which includes a layer for food pantries. where people can receive assistance throughout the year. Use the arrow at the left side of the map to view the layers and select “food system” and “food pantry.”

Ten At The Top Upstate Food Access Map

Ten At The Top created this interactive map, providing the locations of places where people can receive assistance during the summer. The map includes numerous local food banks.

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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