The H.O.P.E. Soup Kitchen, a Temple Education Ministries, Inc. program, began operating July 1, 2009. It was developed to serve food insecure individuals in northern Spartanburg County with weekly hot meals and take home food to augment their home meals. The program also addresses social, and physical issues through games, fellowship and a well-equipped exercise room.
The H.O.P.E. Soup Kitchen is physically located at the Life Center of Greater Saint James Temple in Inman, South Carolina. The program is staffed by ten volunteers, which include two former school nutrition workers. Two volunteers have completed the ServSaf Food Handlers Training Course and are certified through the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. The board is comprised of seven individuals from the surrounding community and church.
To make an impact in the Upstate through Love, Fellowship, and Outreach while addressing individual needs of the homeless, low-income, and at-risk citizens in the target rural areas of Inman, Campobello, Landrum, Gramling, Landrum, Boiling Springs, Wellford, Lyman and surrounding areas.