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The Ark Community Resource Center serves 36 clients in the South Cheatham Area. Meals are for eligible clients (over 60 and homebound). Clients receive 5 meals each week, on Mondays and Fridays. If you know a senior in need of MOW, please reach out to Melanie Smiley at 615-879-4364, or email her at msmiley.ark@gmail.com.  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 12-4pm, 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!


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: https://www.secondsouthcheatham.com/the-ark. Simply fill out the ARK Contribution Application and return to Second South Cheatham Utility District  at PO Box 309, Kingston Springs TN 37082 or secondsouth@att.net.

NOTE: Differing times of availability. Currently hours of Food Pantry are 12pm-4pm and Noah's Closet 10am-2pm. (10/27/2021)


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.


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. The Ark works with the South Cheatham Schools to identify students K-12th grade who need a new “back to school” outfit and shoes.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (2022 info coming soon!)

Each year The Ark provides one $1000 scholarships to graduating High School Seniors. Applications are available through the schools as well as on The Ark Facebook page and here with the scholarship rules.

scholarship application

2021Scholarship rules 2021 

Please return to the Ark (attn: Anne Carty) or scan and email to acarty.ark@gmail.com 

(The scholarship has been completed for the 20-21 school year.)

SENIOR LUNCH- (3/6/22 currently halted, will return soon!)

Weekly Senior lunch starts back up on the first Wednesday! Must be fully vaccinated. We eat at 11:00am bingo begins at 11:30am. Must be 60. For more info call Melanie Smiley 615.879.4364.  Updated 10.27.21