To be eligible for our services, you must meet income and residency guidelines (see "Who We Serve") established when you provide your required documentation (see sidebar) at time of intake. If you qualify, you are eligible for services once per month and will receive a grocery cart full of food sufficient to feed your size family for one week. Additionally, you will have access to anything that is available on our "open shelving," which varies daily based on donations. We also will provide you, as they are available, with specialty items to support your needs such as baby food, diapers (cannot guarantee size, but if you need something we don't have, we may be able to obtain it for you), adult sanitary products, hygiene products, or diabetic-friendly foods. You must provide your eligibility documentation each time you visit the food bank, as both residency and income levels can change month to month. Nourish does not discriminate based on age, race or ethnicity, gender or orientation, religious or political affiliation, or education. 


Am I Eligible?

Who We Serve

Working together to end hunger

across our communities

Nourish Food Bank serves the individuals and families that live, work or go to school in Smyrna and La Vergne and the surrounding communities facing economic and food insecurity crisis. Additionally, we partner with and support other agencies meeting critical needs across our community - from homeless outreach to domestic violence and child abuse initiatives, and we work to meet the challenges of crisis or emergency response support when they arise in our community and beyond. 


  1. Photo ID plus one additional form of identification for Head of Household
  2. One form of ID for each member of household (e.g. Social Security Card, Health Insurance Card, Birth Certificate, W7, etc.)
  3. Proof of Residency, employment or education in our service area 
  4. ​Proof of Income for each adult in the household (e.g. pay stub, SSI determination letter, Food Stamp benefits letter, etc.)




At Nourish, you will be treated with courtesy and respect. We believe that there are many factors that influence the hardship you and your family may be facing and we are here to provide judgement free support as you transition through this time of need. 

When you visit, you will wait in the lobby until your assigned number is called or displayed. We have a small children's play area and restrooms while you wait. The typical wait is 10-30 minutes. Once your number is up, you will go through a short intake process to determine your eligibility, based on your required documentation, for one or all of our support programs and to assess if you have additional needs for which we may be able to provide help or referrals.

What to Expect