Cookeville Rescue Mission Requests Donations of Canned Goods, Turkeys and More to Care for Those in Need This Thanksgiving

Cookeville Rescue Mission Requests Donations of Canned Goods, Turkeys  and More to Care for Those in Need This Thanksgiving

A list of all items needed can be found online here.

Throughout the Thanksgiving season, Cookeville Rescue Mission will provide life essentials, compassionate care and practical guidance for hundreds of hungry and homeless men, women and children in The Upper Cumberland.

 To ensure they’re prepared to serve all who come through their doors, the Mission is seeking donations of food to provide more than 250 nutritious meals. 

“In addition to the breakfast, lunch and dinner we provide each day to our guests and the residents of our life-recovery programs, we’ll serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey and all the trimmings, to those in our care as well as hungry neighbors from the community,” said Executive Director Bruce Bailey.

The Mission will also distribute food baskets with all the ingredients struggling families need to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner in their own homes. There are more than 25 families and individuals volunteering to deliver meals Thanksgiving day to people who are home-bound.

Specifically, according to the Mission’s head cook, Tracy Miller, the Mission needs 25 frozen turkeys, 20 boxes of stuffing, 10 bags of potatoes and 20 cans of corn, beans and peas.

“That’s a lot of food, but with the community’s generosity and support, we’ll have everything we need to create delicious meals for our hungry guests,” he said.  

The Mission encourages individuals, families, civic groups, businesses and congregations to hold drives to collect these food items and other staples. A list of all needed items can be found online here. Donations can be dropped off at 1331 S. Jefferson Avenue Cookeville from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are needed by November 23.

“While serving nutritious food is always an important part of our ministry, it becomes even more meaningful during the holiday season, when our guests long to enjoy a meal in the company of those who have become their family and friends,” Bailey said. “Gifts of food from the community will allow us to bless them in this way.”

Financial donations are also greatly needed and can be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 1144 Cookeville, TN 38503. 

“We invite the public to join with us at the Rescue Mission for the kickoff to our annual Bell Ringing fundraiser in support of the year around ministry to men, women and children,” Bruce Bailey said.

Each year the Cookeville Rescue Mission shelters, counsels, feeds, and clothes more than 1,000 unique individuals including almost 100 children. As the bell ringing season takes off, we hope to raise over $120,000 to care for the many people who enter our doors every day in hopes of receiving the assistance they need for a better life.

Volunteer drivers who will deliver meals to home-bound people and the Thanksgiving meal for Residents and Guests of the Rescue Mission will take place at Noon. The Bell Ringing Kickoff begins at 11:30 a.m.