List Of Resources To Help Pay Utilities & Taxes, Get Food, Etc.

My dear fellow citizens,

Here is the list of resources I promised to help you in your time of need. If you know of any others I have not listed, please list them in the comments.

Tax Assistance

Rutherford County Tax Freeze Information

~Must be 65 or older with an income of less than $36,080 yearly. Call (615) 898-7705 for more info.

Utility Assistance

Community Helpers of Rutherford County

-Financial assistance in the areas of electric, water, and gas (but not deposits), one time per year, maximum of $100.

-HOURS: Tue, Wed, Thu 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Closed for Lunch 12 Noon – 1:00 pm. Call for information before going: (615) 898-0617

Smyrna/La Vergne Assistance Coalition

-Program that pays all or a portion of the utility bills of people whose utilities have been or are at risk of being shut off and who meet age, income, disability, need or other requirements. SLAC can only help a person/family one time, and are only serving NEW clients. If a person/family has been helped in the past at any time, we cannot serve them again.

-Tue and Thu from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. We serve clients on a first come, first serve basis. Phone: (615) 530-1470

Life Point Church- Helping Hands

-Programs that pay all or a portion of the utility bills of people whose utilities have been or are at risk of being shut off and who meet age, income, disability, need or other requirements. (Limits: electric $80, city utilities $60) Out of $$ after first 2 weeks of month.

-Apply in person at church office during the FIRST 2 WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm. (May be asked faith based questions). Phone: (615) 459-3311

TN Opportunity Programs

-Provides assistance with rent and utilities to migrant or seasonal farm workers.

-HOURS: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Phone: (615) 459-3600

Metro Action Commission- Low Income Home Engergy Assistance Program

-Utility bill payment assistance during the summer or winter. July 1, 2010 – June 30th, 2011 The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (better known as LIHEAP) is a critical heating and cooling program for low-income Tennessee families. LIHEAP assistance does not go directly to the client or applicant; rather direct payments are made through the LIHEAP agency to the local utility company or energy supplier.

-Hours: Mon – Thu 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Phone: (615) 862-8860

Mid Cumberland Community Action Agency Rutherford County- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

-Assists eligible low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs; level of assistance based on circumstances. Regular Heating, Summer Crisis Intervention, Emergency Heating.

-Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; stops taking clients at 3:00 pm Phone: 615 742-1113, Ext. 17 or 19

Emergency Food

St. Luke’s Catholic Church- Food Pantry

-The food pantry supplies bags of food to Smyrna and LaVergne residents only. Food assistance is only available Tuesday, and Wednesday.

-Church office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Phone hours: 24 Hours (voicemail) Call and leave a message on Tue, or Wed. ( Messages left on other days of the week will not be returned ). Phone: (615) 355-1784

Life Point Church FBC Smyrna Campus- Food Pantry

-Programs that acquire food products through donations, canned food drives, food bank programs or direct purchase and distribute the food to people who are in emergency situations.

-Hours: Mon – Thu 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Fri 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Smyrna and LaVergne residents only. May be asked faith based questions. Phone: (615) 459-3311

Heartland Baptist Church- Food Pantry

-Provide a small amount of food to those in need.

-Hours: Mon ONLY – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Phone: (615) 890-3834

Center Of Hope Clothes Closet- Emergency Food

-Offers food for families with emergency need for food.

-Call to make an appointment: (615) 962-7941


Benefits Checker

-Millions of older Americans — especially those with limited incomes — are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs. Ranging from heating and energy assistance to prescription savings programs to income supplements, there are many public programs available to seniors in need if they only knew about them and how to apply for them.

Angel Food Ministries

-Buy food at a deep discount. Anyone is eligible regardless of income.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. If you know of anything I am leaving out, please leave information in the comments.


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7 comments for “List Of Resources To Help Pay Utilities & Taxes, Get Food, Etc.

  1. Doug Shafer
    June 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Rutherford County is the only government to approve the tax freeze. Also 898-7705 can help Seniors and disabled receive state and county property tax relief.

    Doug Shafer

  2. Elizabeth
    June 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    i just called the Rutherford Co Tax Office. They said you get your county tax information in October, call them and they will ask you about your income, etc and see if you would be eligible for 2 programs (tax freeze & tax relief programs).

    Also, I had worked back in the 80’s for the Tennessee Opportunity Programs (TOPS) when it was on Foster Ave in Nashville. They did have assistance for migrant workers but haven’t talked to anyone there for several years so don’t know if their program has changed.

  3. Sheila
    August 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Most of these so called helpful places are not helpful. Not one could help me and my children. Maybe I’m just not lucky enough to qualify and we’ve been without electricity for two weeks. Hopefully someone else will benefit from this😢😢😢

  4. March 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

    We are open 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
    Hours are 10:00a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    615-530-1470 phone is on when we are open
    Smyrna First United Methodist Church
    301 Sam Davis Road
    Ramp entrance

    • Lisa
      March 30, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Wrong number for smyrna methodist please update

  5. Lisa
    March 30, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Lifepoint doesnt have a food bank

  6. Kin le
    January 4, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Thank everyone for helping every small step counts.

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