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Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple act of caring from a church youth group in South Carolina. Since 1990, thousands of participants across all 50 states have generated over $150 million in food and cash. 100% of donations are given directly to hunger-relief charities in local communities. Join Us as we celebrate 30 years of giving and serving.

Souper Bowl of Caring Columbia 30th Anniversary Luncheon has been postponed.
Check here for updated information soon.



Columbia, SC


Participating Groups


In Cash and Food Items



To Charities in Their Area

Community Partners

Community Giving

100% of all Souper Bowl of Caring donations benefit local hunger-relief charities including Harvest Hope and their 439 partner agencies in 20 counties. Souper Bowl of Caring is proud to work with Harvest Hope during the annual city-wide initiative. Food and funds are often depleted after the busy holiday season and Souper Bowl of Caring is a simple way to give back during a crucial time for food banks, soup kitchens and meal programs.


Hunger Facts

Harvest Hope Food Bank Hunger Facts

  • Over 20% of the South Carolina population lives in poverty
  • 78% had to choose between utilities and food
  • 71% had to choose between pay for food or medical care/medication

Most Needed Items

Food contributed through Souper Bowl of Caring, food drives or individual donations must be nonperishable. Additional items needed by Harvest Hope include the following:

  • Baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, foods- No jars)
  • Hygiene supplies (soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner)
  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads)
  • Adult diapers
  • Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins)
  • Cleaning supplies (Chlorox wipes, sprays, toilet items, dish detergent, etc.)

About Harvest Food Bank

  • In 2018, Harvest Hope Bank served over 700k households
  • Harvest Hope offers Child & Senior Programs, Operation Hunger Prevention, a feeding program for the military communities, mobile food pantries and much more
  • Volunteer opportunities at multiple locations for individuals and groups. (Click-thru to:
  • For more information visit: Harvest Food Bank


Upcoming Events

Souper Bowl of Caring Columbia Community Kick Off featuring 20 schools packing 4,000 food boxes

Souper Bowl of Caring Columbia Campaign
Help us reach our community goal of $350,000 in monetary and food donations

Join us for lunch at the Columbia Convention Center at 12noon as we celebrate 30 years of tackling hunger in the city that started it all. Tickets available HERE.

Donate to Souper Bowl of Caring

One of the fundamentals of Souper Bowl of Caring is that everything collected by our participants during their campaign is donated directly to the charity of their choice in their local community. Because of this, we rely on donations from caring people like you to help us continue our mission to unite communities and empower youth to tackle hunger. A donation to Souper Bowl of Caring is an investment: For every $1 you donate, $30 is generated for charities in local communities across the country.