We all have needs, and none of us can do it all alone. While we strive to support one another within our UUCC community, there are also many non-profits, government programs, and other faith communities providing crucial services in our area. Below is a list of resources we are aware of.

General Assistance

Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency (UCHRA)

The Care Center at Steven’s Street Baptist Church (assists with clothing and food)

Helping Hands of Putnam County (provides emergency services such as food, utilities, medical expenses, rent and gas vouchers to doctor appointments)

The Cookeville Human Fund (can help in a variety of situations if you are in dire need)

Genesis House (Provides temporary shelter, food, clothing, baby items, household items and hygiene items along with counseling and court services. They support both men and women)

The Upper Cumberland Development District

Energy Assistance

TN Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Transportation Assistance


Shelter, Public Housing, Rental, and Home Ownership Assistance:

Cookeville Rescue Mission (also provides assistance with food and clothing)

Highlands Residential Services

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Keep my TN Home

Tennessee Housing Deveopment Agency

Food Assistance

SNAP benefits

Having SNAP benefits opens up other avenues for assistance such as reduced rates for Charter/Spectrum services, reduced Amazon Prime Membership, a free cell phone and service through Assurance Wireless and Safelink.

TANF (Families First)

Food Pantries/Programs

Hours of operation listed below may not be current. We recommend calling or emailing ahead of time to confirm.

UUCC Food Pantry

Bangham Heights Baptist Church
5961 Hilham Rd, Cookeville, TN 38506
Open 1st and 3rd Sunday from 4-6pm

The Care Center
Steven’s Street Baptist Church
327 Stevens St., Cookeville
Open noon to 2 Pm, MWF 931-520-4881,

College Side Church of Christ
252 E. 9th St., Cookeville
931-526-2661, kandy@collegeside.org
Open 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays

First Christian Church
780 Fairground Street
Open 8-10 a.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Food to the Rescue
Putnam County, Tennessee
Delivers meals to children during school breaks.
Email: foodtotherescue@yahoo.com

Cookeville First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
565 E. 10th St., Cookeville
Tuesday open 1-3 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
165 E. Broad St., Cookeville
931 526-2177, office@cookevillefumc.org
Open 3-6 p.m., Tuesdays

Helping Hands Putnam County
421 E. Broad, Cookeville
931-526-3838, hhpc@frontiernet.net
Open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., M-F

Life Church
2223 N. Washington Ave., Cookeville
Benevolent assistance offered 9-10:30 a.m.,
Wednesdays and Thursdays. By appointment only; no walk ins.

The River Community Church
1200 Miracle Road,
Cookeville, TN, 38506
Open noon to 2 p.m., MWF

Sycamore Church of Christ
1144 Crescent Dr., Cookeville
Open 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays (*Maybe Tuesdays)

Trinity Outreach
205 W. Wall St., Algood
Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., M-TR

Tennessee Tech University Food Pantry
Tech Village, 910 N. Willow Ave., Cookeville
Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., MTWT; limited hours during the summer

Willow Avenue Church of Christ
1150 S. Willow Ave., Cookeville
Open 1-2:30 p.m., Wednesdays