who we are and what we do
Feed The Need was created to eliminate some of the economic burden that area soup kitchens and shelters are facing in today’s economic environment. The goal of Charleston Chefs Feed The Need is to serve approximately 500 meals per week using four different service venues.
The program works very simply and can easily be replicated, at minimal cost, in cities throughout the country. The key ingredient is an individual in each city to champion the cause.
In Charleston, South Carolina, 52 restaurants have come together to make this effort possible. They rallied to each commit to one day of food service, 52 weeks per year, at four local nonprofits—Tricounty Family Ministries, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Crisis Ministries and Neighborhood House. Meals are prepared in the restaurant’s kitchen and delivered and served by the restaurant’s staff.
This effort effectively frees up funds that the agencies would need to spend on meal service on that given day, allowing them to serve more meals on other days. It also relieves them of the need to organize volunteers for that particular day.
Since its inception, in 2009, it is inspiring to see the difference that Feed The Need has made. . At a critical moment when demand for services has increased by an estimated 25-30%, Feed the Need has made the following possible each year:
Over 25,000 meals served
Over $75,000 in food expenses saved
In addition, the program has exposed a new generation to the power each individual has to make a difference. Other Charleston-area nonprofits have seen a spike in volunteers and credit the visibility and impact of Feed The Need.
Feed the Need is a licensed 501 (C) (3)