This region of Tennessee can sometimes be referred to as the Upper Cumberland region. Several counties are considered to be part of the area, and a number of charities, non-profits, and assistance programs operate in the community.
Maybe the leading non-profit to call for help is the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. They work with the low income and people facing poverty, and try to offer both short term assistance as well as programs to address the root causes of poverty.
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, 580 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite B, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501, dial (931) 528-1127
Cannon County EMA Food and Shelter Program - Provides emergency food, meals and shelter for Cannon County residents, houses families that have suffered losses due to fire and natural disasters. Limited financial assistance for paying utilities and rent in emergency situations available on a one-time basis. Call the Liberty TN agency at (615) 563-2026.
Salvation Army Social Services is available in the Upper Cumberland region. May be able to help with electric bill assistance, prescription medicine, and other emergency services. Distributes EFSP funds for Warren, Van Buren, and Cannon Counties as well as other regions. It also operates a food voucher program, furniture, clothing closet and gives emergency food from pantry. Have to have a cut off notice for electric bill assistance. Call 305-6200, or learn more.
East Sparta Church of God - Provides financial assistance to be used to pay for utilities and energy bills for those in need in White County. 515 E Bockman Way, Sparta, TN 38583, call (931) 837-3356
Good Samaritan of Crossville – Both rent and utility bill assistance may be offered for Cumberland County families. 281 10th St, Crossville, Tennessee 38555, telephone (931) 484-3225
BVH, or Buffalo Housing, offers support to people facing eviction as well as families looking for affordable homes to live in. Case managers can direct families to programs for paying security deposits as well as back rent. They also offer support for the disabled from section 202 and will work with other tenants to find additional forms of assistance. Click more information.
Westwood Church of Christ – Provides free food and grocery boxes provided to individuals in need in Warren County. Call (931) 473-8434. Or read more food banks and the services offered at many pantries.
Warren County Food Bank
201 Locust St, # 16
Mc Minnville, TN 37110
Lending House - Provides a food pantry for Van Buren County residents, including Christmas, Thanksgiving and holiday meals and baskets. (423) 881-5182
Lighthouse In-Home Ministry – Free or low cost food is available for DeKalb County residents in need. 7292 McMinnville Hwy, Smithville, Tennessee 37166, phone number is (615) 597-6635
West Sparta Church of Christ is a food pantry for people in White County Tennessee. Address is Sparta, TN, dial (931) 836-3790
East Sparta Church of God – Covers White and Fentress County. Phone (931) 837-3356
Bread of Life Homeless Shelter and Clinic – Anyone who needs help can get food from this Crossville Tennessee center. Dial (931) 707-0503
Good Samaritan of Livingston - Food Pantry
116 N. Spring St.
Livingston, Tennessee 38570
First Christian Church Overton – Emergency food boxes and meals for Overton County residents. Main number is (931) 823-2413
Byrdstown Family Resource Center supports Pickett County low income families and seniors. Call (931) 864-6940
Church of the Harvest - Provides a free or low cost food pantry to individuals and families in need in Fentress County on Thursdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. May only use the pantry once per month. 5212 S York Hwy, Grimsley, Tennessee 38565, phone (931) 863-4663
Fentress County Food Bank, which operates from Fentress County Fairgrounds in Jamestown, TN. Will have groceries and perishable items for people who only receive food stamps.
DeKalb County food banks - There are a few centers to turn to. They are located at churches or families living in poverty can apply for social services. Locate information on everything from free Christmas meals to where to get a box of groceries from. Read more.
Bread of Life Homeless Shelter and Medical Clinic - Doctors and nurse operate from this location and provide free medical and dental care. They are usually available on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm for area residents who do not have any form of health or dental insurance. 281 W Fourth St., Crossville, Tennessee 38555, call (931) 707-0503
The Community Clinic Livingston – Offers basic family medical practice needs such as women's health, pediatrics, and geriatrics, for Overton County low income qualified residents. Call (931) 823-5861 for intake.
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