University Soup Kitchen
People always ask us what exactly we do:
Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2023!!!! Do you need our help? Send us a text message (980)263-9348, answer a few questions and then we will deliver the things you need to get out of chronic poverty directly to your doorstep! The University Soup Kitchen Is Charlottes first green food pantry. We were founded on the belief that there is enough waste in America to ensure no one goes without a meal. We recycle fresh meals from local restaurants and stores to serve those in need.
We were created on the campus of Chapel Hill in 2013 by our founder Joshua Bridges. Based on a simple sighting of a friend tossing out edible food from UNC's Alumni Hall the idea of recycling resources was sparked, here we are 10 years later! We have started chapters at the local universities to ensure the community and the campuses are connected in this fight against chronic poverty!
We are Charlotte's premier mobile food pantry. We bring goods directly to those in need. We serve at pre set times on the weekends, & are open every day by appointment. In some programs like "Mobile Meals" we are targeting under served neighborhoods along the N. Tryon- S. Tryon Corridor like South Side Homes and Dillhey Courts Housing Projects.
Our Mobile food pantry was originally a response to Covid-19, we wanted to bring food to people affected financially by Covid-19. Our first family served had a new born less then a week old. We delivered baby food clothes and supplies donated by our generous supporters.
We now serve mobile goods- mostly groceries and baby supplies- Monday-Thursday by appointment. If you or anyone you know is suffering financially please contact us and we will serve you, we have served almost all zip codes in charlotte, we look forward to serving you. We also serve warm meals at checkpoints around the city with our SoupKitchenSundays and FreeFoodFridays give aways. Please email us if you would like to volunteer or donate, and please call(text) us if you need our services (980) 263-9348.
Want to serve with us? Register using this link:
**New volunteers must serve with us out in the community prior to serving in our facilities. New volunteer opportunities are listed on the link above as well***
There is no age limit to serve. All volunteers under the age of 17 must have a chaperone.
RIP George Floyd!
The University Soup Kitchen has served thousands of meals since February 2014. Founded on the campus of UNC Chapel hill, we are a SMALL group of people who are passionate about ending homelessness. Over the past two years, through fundraising and community events we have served thousands of meals but there is so much more to come.
We currently offer relief to the citizens of charlotte via our "Agape Love" program, our USK Kids Club" and our "Soup Kitchen Sundays" Give Aways.
COVID-19 Relief efforts:
We are also contributing to the efforts to help citizens in need as we deal with the Covid-19 crisis. We deliver non perishable goods and med supplies to families, and checkpoints where there are large populations of homeless.
Mobile Meals/Help Center
We are also contributing to the efforts to directly help citizens in need as we deal with the Covid-19 crisis. We deliver non perishable goods, perishable groceries, clothes, baby items, hygiene products, sleeping bags, tents, and med supplies directly to low income and homeless individuals families per request/referral (980)263-9348 if you or someone you know needs our services.
Winter Clothes (FIREWOOD) DRIVE:
We are collecting firewood, tarps, handwarmers and fire starters for our friends in need at the various tent encampments spread out around the city. Drop offs can be made Monday- Thursday between 10am and 6pm, please call (980) 263-9348 when you arrive, or to schedule drop off.
CMS Remote Learning help:
We are committed to providing school supplies and other resources needed to low income Charlotte Mecklenburg School students as they learn from home this year. We are still distributing school supplies families participating in CMS remote Learning programs, please email us to donate. Distribution of supplies began September 7th, and will last until the school year ends. If you need School supplies for your child please call (980) 263- 9348.
Covid-19: A message from our founder:
We are currently fighting hard to help those in need during this pandemic. We have been delivering goods directly to families in need by request, as well as check points where there are large pockets of homeless/impoverished citizens. We have seen an increase in demand as people lose their jobs and homes; while simultaneously seeing a decline in supply, as more people try to save themselves. With that in mind we could use your help with a financial or physical(non perishable goods, med supplies) donation to our organization.
To comply with social distancing we are only accepting physical goods by appointment email us: [email protected] for appointments. We are accepting donations online at our website : www.universitysoupkitchen.org Or you can make checks payable to The University Soup Kitchen email us if you have questions: [email protected]
We want to continue to spread love and hope through these difficult times, more importantly we want to provide the resources needed for families in need right now.
Please help us help the community.
We need food donations, meats, non perishables, canned goods. We also need hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and basic med supplies like Tylenol, and hydrogen peroxide. We are accepting monetary donations if you don't want to risk contracting the virus, so please don't let social distancing stop you from contributing to our cause.
Lastly, we need volunteers. They have shut down the universities so we now have an extreme shortage of volunteers. Please email us if you want to help out with any of our initiatives [email protected]
Never forget what it is that we do:
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook by clicking on the links below: