Through each purchase, we financially support the education of African American students. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds benefit our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


It’s All In The Family

The Booker’s Soul Food Education Fund donates to 501c3 charities that support Black education causes and programs throughout America. The fund is housed in the Spartanburg County Foundation, the oldest community foundation in South Carolina. Booker’s brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Russell and Sheryl Booker manage the fund.  

The Spartanburg County Foundation’s rich history combined with Russel and Sheryl’s cutting-edge leadership work in harmony to ensure that every dollar of the Booker’s Soul Food Education Fund makes maximum impact.


Educational Equity Matters

Throughout high school, Booker found himself in remedial classes without access to the same opportunities as his colleagues. This educational track limited his ability to prove his educational prowess and excel. But, all of that changed when Booker found a level playing field in college. 


“I finally had the same books as everybody else.”

At Johnson & Wales College, Booker delighted in discovering that he studied from and had access to the same textbooks as every other student. He excelled in his classes and achieved the highest nationwide GPA amongst his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers. While at Johnson & Wale’s University, Booker’s remarkable intellect and talent earned him the opportunity to become one of the university’s first Black teaching assistants. Booker explains, “when given access and provided with equal opportunity, we can all excel.” 

Booker’s Soul Food Education Fund exists to ensure that every Black student in America receives a quality education without financial barriers or systemic limitations. 


Donate Directly 

 You can also support Booker’s Soul Food Starters in this very important effort through direct contributions to our education fund. The fund is a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation.

To give online:

  1. visit 
  2. Under “Find & Choose Your Fund,” type in: Booker’s Soul Food Starters Education Fund
  3. Complete the required fields:
    • Name
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • Street Address
    • Amount
    • Confirm that you are not a robot
    • Click CONTRIBUTE to submit your donation

For gifts by mail, please make your check payable to The Spartanburg County Foundation and be sure to indicate your gift is for the Booker’s Soul Food Starters Education Fund on the memo line.

By mail:     Spartanburg County Foundation
                     424 E. Kennedy St.
                     Spartanburg, SC 29302

The Spartanburg County Foundation is a Charitable Organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501- (c)(3). All contributions are tax deductible and a receipt letter recognizing your gift to the Booker’s Soul Food Starters Education Fund will be mailed from the Spartanburg County Foundation.

Thank you for considering the Booker’s Soul Food Starters Education Fund as you pursue your philanthropic interests.