Brown County is known for helping one another.  Below is a list of groups and agencies that provide assistance to Brown County residents.
If we have left off a group or organization, please let us know so that we may make our list complete.

Food • Clothing • Household Items

Brown County Food Assistance


Mother's Cupboard Community Kitchen
Brown County Fairgrounds
646 Memorial Drive
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-8038

  • Provides free hot meal from 4pm-6pm seven days a week. Also provides food bank and Government Commodity distribution during dinner hours.

  • Prepared meals are served once a day, 364 days a year to anyone who asks for food, without qualifications.

  • Canned food is distributed to anyone who asks for it.

  • This food is collected by community in-kind donations and food drives. TEFAP (USDA commodity program) distribution site for those who qualify pursuant to TEFAP guidelines. Donations welcomed and needed.

Mother's Cupboard Facebook Page

God’s Grace at Brown County Presbyterian Church
602 State Road 135 North
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-9764 or (812) 720-1187
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  • Offers FREE clothing, linens, and toiletries to residents of Brown County since 2008.

  • Hours of operation: 1st Monday of the month 4pm - 6pm, every Wednesday of the month 12pm - 3pm and by appointment, especially in the case of emergencies.

  • The easiest access to our part of the church is to park on the middle level and enter the building from the north double doors.

  •  If you would like to volunteer to help with God’s Grace or make a donation of clothing, toiletries, or money, please contact Mary Kilgore at (812) 720-1187.

  • In case of emergency call Mary Kilgore at 812-720-1187.

Sprunica Baptist Church
3902 Sprunica Road
Nashville, IN 47448
Just east of Sprunica Elementary School

Second Saturday of Every Month
8:30 am to 10:30 am
812-327-8473 Call or text for more info or special dietary needs. Contact Sheryl Priddy
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North Salem United Methodist Church
7718 St. Road 46 East
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-2786
Food pantry is open:
1st Wednesday of the month 6pm-8pm and
3rd Saturday of the month 9am-11am  
Call for clothing availability.

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Salvation Army Food Pantry
168 S. Jefferson Street
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-7019
Hours: 10am-1pm Wednesday & Fridays
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St. Vincent de Paul of Brown County
2901 Long Lake RoadClay Lick Road
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-8821
Distribution Hours: 10am - 12pm Mondays and Saturdays
Offers food, clothing and household items. Donations welcomed.

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BC Community Closet
284 S. Van Buren Street, Nashville,
(behind Subway)
(812) 988-6003
Tues. & Thurs. 9am - 4pm and
Friday 12pm - 4pm
Brown County Community Closet sells donated clean, gently used clothing and workable household items for nominal prices to fund community organizations.
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Access-Ability Start Living
Access-Ability offers the loan of durable medical equipment to help people gain greater independence.

Crisis/Help Lines

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First Call for Help  Dial 211
An information and referral service that connects people with community resources.
Two way texting is available by texting your zip code to TXT211 (898-211). Residents can have a text message conversation with a trained specialist and get connected with resources via the text messaging service Monday-Friday 10am-4pm ET.

2-1-1 is now an enrollment center for clients needing assistance with Medicare costs.

2-1-1’s Community Engagement Navigator will assess client’s eligibility and fill out required paperwork for clients to get help with their Medicare premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and/or prescription drug costs.

Clients can dial 2-1-1 or 812-376-6666
Monday - Friday  8am-5pm for more information. 

Crisis Help Line - Call Toll Free 24 hours
(800) 221-6311
You don't have to give your name.  You can call for advice or emotional support, or to talk about making a safety plan.  You can call for safe shelter.
(812) 657-1992 Ext. 12464 or (800) 221-6311
Turning Point Website

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Red Cross - Southeast Chapter
1600 W. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 322-7292

Brown County Victims Assistance
31 Buck Stogsdill Way, PO Box 1008
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-2239

Brown County Health Department
201 Locust Lane, Nashville
812-988-2255  Mon -Fri 8am - 4pm

Brown County Trustees

Hamblen Township
Phil Stephens
8120 Cordry Drive, Nineveh, IN 46164
(317) 474-0140
Office Hours by Appointment Only

Jackson Township
Sandy Higgins
3607 Helmsburg Road, Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 320-4564
Office Hours by Appointment Only

Washington Township
Brandon Magner
Nashville Fire Dept., 231 E. Main Street,
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 720-1439
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-10am
Other hours by appointment.
Mailing address: 710 Parkview Rd., Nashville

Van Buren Township
Vickie Payne
4748 Christiansburg Road, Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 988-4020

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Social Services


ACCESS Brown County
Provides low-cost public transportation to Brown County residents and bus is wheelchair accessible Operates by appointment: Monday  – Friday from 6am - 4pm. 
(812) 988-0185
Dispatch hours are Mon. - Fri.  from 8am – Noon  
In case of emergency before 8:00 am, please call (812) 988-9622
Office located in the Brown County YMCA complex.

BC Department of Child Services
121 Locust Lane, PO Box 325, Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-2239 or Fax (317) 232-1519
Monday - Friday  8am - 4:30pm
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: (800) 800-5556
Hotline Hours: 24 Hours

  • DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation.

  • The Department also administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the state of Indiana.

BC Division of Family Resources
121 Locust Lane,
PO Box 10,
Nashville, IN 47448

(800) 403-0864 or Fax (800) 403-0864  
Monday - Friday  8am - 4:30pm

  • Food Stamps/SNAP Benefits -Provides food stamps for low income households. Must meet income and resource guidelines.

  • Hoosier Healthwise - Health Insurance for children, pregnant women and low income families; children up to age 19 can receive "premium-free" or low-cost coverage. Call for details.

  • Medicaid Program - Health care for low income children and families, senior citizens and people with severe disabilities.

  • TANF Program - Provides cash assistance and support services to help low-income families. Must comply with child support enforcement.

WIC Program
54 Pittman House Lane, PO Box 476, Nashville
(812) 988-6792  Fax (812) 988-1084
Thursdays, 10am - 6:30pm
Provides vouchers for eggs, milk, cereal, and juice for and other nutritious foods for pregnant women and families with infants or children under 5.  Also helps with infant formula and breast feeding supports.

South Central Community Action Program (CAP)
746 Memorial Drive, PO Box 730
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-6636  
Office Hours: Mon - Fri. 8am - 4:30pm;
Closed 12-1pm
Provides referral services, client advocacy, and crisis intervention through general casework to Brown County residents. Referrals for food, emergency housing, utility payments, and other emergency needs can be obtained at the Brown County SCCAP Office. The Brown County SCCAP Office serves as the coordinating site for the Medical Transportation Van Project, which provides transportation to and from medical appointments for Brown County residents.

Brown County TRIAD
55 SR 46E (Sheriff's Department)
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-5606 or (812) 988-6655 Ext. 2112
email TRIAD@browncounty-in.us, or write to P.O. Box 2141, Nashville, IN 47448.
Volunteers provide helpful services for seniors, disabled people, those recovering from surgery or anyone on their own who would like to be
checked in on from time to time.


Aging & Community Services- Thrive Alliance
1531 13th St., Suite G900
Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 372-6918 or (866 ) 644-6407
Living Life with a Purpose

Life changes with age and disability. Our goals are to help people discover their own strengths and enable them to maximize their independence by living their lives on their own terms.

Thrive Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of housing, social, and human services to residents of south central Indiana. We are Indiana’s Area 11 Agency on Aging and have served Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties since 1981. Provides a system of information to connect older adults and persons with physical disabilities with resources to live independently.