March 20, 2019

Food Pantries/Programs


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 p.m., MWF 931-520-4881,


College Side Church of Christ

252 E. 9th St., Cookeville


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.



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,

Open 3-6 p.m., Tuesdays


Helping Hands Putnam County

421 E. Broad, Cookeville


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

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Mar 20, 2019

Independent Restaurants


These locally owned and operated restaurants are

interested in buying locally and offer healthful, nutritious food choices.


Back Room Bistro

39 W. Broad St, Cookeville, TN

Open Monday-Friday, 8am-2:30pm


Owner and Chef Rodney Laulo


Blue Pig Smoke House and Oyster Bar

35 W. Broad St, Cookeville, TN

Open Monday-Friday 11am-2pm,

4:30pm-9:00pm, Sundays 11am-3pm


Owner and Chef Kent Birdwell


Blue Rooster Canteen

18 N. Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN

Open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday noon-4pm, 931-260-4398

Owner and Chef Chad Combs

Sources from Master's Garden and Water's Farm

Char Steak Lounge

14 S. Washington Ave, Cookeville, TN

Open Monday-Friday 4pm-10pm, Sunday Brunch 10:30-2pm



53 W. Broad St, Cookeville, TN

Open Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm,

and Sunday 10:30am-10pm


Owner Drew Blalock,

Business partner and produce buyer Blue Hensley

P’Dillys Cupcakes

41 W. Broad St., Cookeville

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Owner and Head Baker Machelle Staggs


Poet’s on the Square

230 E. Broad St., Cookeville

Open MTWTFSS 931-372-2201,,

Owner Jeremy Crabtree


Roberts Street Café

105 Roberts St., Livingston

Open 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


General Manager and Owners Chris and LaDonna Hix

Sources from Stockton’s Farm.


Seven Senses Food and Cheer

32 W. Broad St., Cookeville

Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


Head Chef Chad Combs


World Foods International Grocery and Delicatessen

22 N. Cedar Ave., Cookeville

Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


Owner and Chef Bill Hedderick

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Mar 20, 2019

Local Farmers Markets and Farm Directory


Area farmers markets and farm-direct stands are open seasonally, most a limited number of days a week. This listing also includes counties adjacent to Putnam County. Click on each for more information.

o    Cookeville Farmers Market, 530 Mahler Ave., Cookeville 

o    Cumberland County Farmers Market, 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville 

o    Cumberland Sustainable Farmers Market, 185 Hood Dr., Crossville  

o    Downtown Green Market, corner of Broad and Dixie, Cookeville 

o    DeKalb County Farmers Market, 205 E. Bryant St., Smithville 

o    Jackson County Farmers Market, 757 Grundy Quarles Hwy, Gainesboro 

o    Little Creek Produce, 3500 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville 

o    Livingston-Overton County Farmers Market, corner of University and Spring Streets, Livingston

o    Malco Produce Farm, 154 Bennett Ln., Cookeville 


o    Monterey Farmers Market, South Holly St., Monterey 

o    White County Farmers Market, Metcalf Park, Sparta

o    SeedFork of the Highlands 


o    SeedFork's Community Garden Network 

o    Sparta Green Market, 5 West Maple St., Sparta

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Mar 20, 2019


Information on numerous CSAs in the area can be found here: Local Harvest

Jan 23, 2019

Nutrition Education


Many organizations offer nutrition education in cafeterias, community centers, for-credit, and non-for-credit courses. Listed here are organizations providing nutritional information in a variety of ways. 


Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC). Patient/family diet support and community education by registered dieticians.


Healthier Tennessee, Cookeville

Contact Cookeville City Council Member Chuck Womack @ 931-526-9591,

Putnam County Health Department

Nutrition workshops, 931-528-2531


Seedfork of the Highlands

Cooking Demonstrations, by Rodney Laulo (Chef, Back Door Bistro) - to be announced


Tennessee Justice Center

 Nutrition Director, Contact Signe Anderson,


University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension, Putnam County

Farmers' Market Fresh program, Contact Michelle Parrot @ 931-526-4561


Upper Cumberland Development District / Area Agency on Aging

Monthly newsletter by registered dietician,

Contact Assistant Director Holly Williams - hwilliams@ucdd or 931-432-411

Emergency Food Assistance


Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency


Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes food periodically throughout the Upper Cumberland to people with a valid UCHRA commodity card. Visit for a schedule.

Cookeville Rescue Mission

1331 South Jefferson Avenue

Cookeville, TN 38506

(931) 528-5819

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