If you know a senior in need of MOW, please reach out to Melanie Smiley at 615-879-4364, or email her at  Also, please contact Melanie if you would like to volunteer to deliver meals.


Anyone who lives in south Cheatham County can receive food from The Ark Community Food Pantry. Food pantry is open on Tuesday from 12-4, except for 5th Tuesdays, it is now a drive through distribution.   The Ark CRC works with the Pegram and Kingston Springs Post Offices for the annual Postal Food Drive (second Saturday in May). All you need to do is leave the food in a bag by your mailbox on the designated day and our volunteers will be picking up your donations.   The food collected goes to The Ark Food Pantry.

In addition, you donations are accepted throughout the year. You can drop them of Monday through Saturday, 10 am till 2pm at Noah’s closet in Pegram (between the Car Care Center and Community Bank and Trust)

We rely on your generous donations of food to feed our families in need. Thank you so much!

*A note from the video: the Ark is now open 12-4pm. Thanks!


The FUEL program provides ready to eat food on weekends to children that otherwise might have nothing to eat. During the year, it is distributed through local schools. Area churches and individuals provide the food that is distributed.

During the summer months, The Ark is the distribution center for the FUEL Program. Parents can pick up the food during regular Ark hours or during food pantry.


Emergency Utility Assistance is provided as funds allow to residents of south Cheatham County who have lived in their home for at least six months. Please contact The Ark at 615-457-1931 to make an appointment, or apply during food pantry hours. If you would like to donate to this program go to: Simply fill out the ARK Contribution Application and return to Second South Cheatham Utility District  at PO Box 309, Kingston Springs TN 37082 or


Pre Covid, a free Senior lunch and Bingo was offered to all seniors 60 and over at Pegram UMC every Wednesday from 11-1.  We are hopeful for this to start up again soon.


The Angel Tree Program provides Christmas gifts to children who are identified through their schools. Angels are available for adoption each year at the Ark, the library and local banks. Sign ups for Angel Tree are done primarily through the schools.


Required school supplies and a backpack are provided to students from Kindergarten through High School. Your generous donations of money and supplies make this program a huge success! This event usually takes place the 4th Saturday in August at Pegram Park.   ADD:  The Ark works with the South Cheatham Schools to identify students K-12th grade who need a new “back to school” outfit and shoes.


Each year The Ark provides one $1000 Scholarship to a graduating High School Senior.

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First we will need to get some basic household information.

  • Photo ID for each adult
  • SS card or birth certificate for each minor
  • Proof of residency: mortgage statement or lease agreement

Volunteers or staff will meet with you to hear your story and see how we can help. In some cases you may be referred to another agency that can help. Our primary ongoing programs are food pantry, utility assistance, clothing assistance, and Meals on Wheels.

To sign up for food pantry and inquire about programs, come on Tuesday between noon and 6 pm. Or contact Anne Carty to schedule an appointment. 615.457.1931 or