The Cook's largest projects include sponsoring Backpack Buddies (at Helena Intermediate School, McAdory Elementary School, and Tarrant Elementary School), The WellHouse (an organization which rescues women from human trafficking), M-Power Ministries, Children’s Hospital, Camp Seale Harris, and more.
Here are the projects the Cooks are currently working on:
Backpack Buddies At Local Schools
Cooks on a Mission provides a weekly bag of child-friendly food for approximately 52 children identified by the school counselors as being at risk of being hungry over the weekend. The students attend Helena Intermediate School, McAdory Elementary School, and Tarrant Elementary School. They also provide hygiene kits and coats and shoes as needed.
The residents of The WellHouse, all of whom have been rescued from human trafficking, come to work with Cooks on a Mission on the first two Fridays of each month. During this time MBBC participants get to know these ladies and minister to them. A highlight of the time with them is group prayer at a family-style lunch. In addition, the Cooks provide after-care to many WellHouse residents who have completed the program and moved on to independent living. Finally, plans are underway for the third annual one day Pop-Up Shop and Luncheon on Friday, November 30. Check out the preview sale on Thursday, November 29. It’s a great place to pick up gifts for everyone on your list.
Cooks On A Mission is helping The WellHouse set up a small library on their campus. To that end, we are accepting donations of books and DVDs, including fiction, non-fiction, and some academics (basic math, for example). Please limit donations to books in good condition. Bible studies are very welcome. Alternatively, if you would like to make a monetary donation, make it payable to MBBC and mark it for WellHouse library.
Children's Hospital Pediatric Oncology Parent Support Group
Cooks on a Mission provides dinner once a month for this group which meets each Thursday at Children’s Hospital. Help is needed to prep or deliver the meal.
UAB/Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Each year Cooks on a Mission provides all of the side dishes for the NICU’s Thanksgiving Feast for families with infants in the NICU. Many of these families are from outside the Birmingham area, and this meal is the only Thanksgiving celebration they will have.
Cooks On A Mission sponsors breakfast for the GED students at M-Power Ministries, one of the church’s ongoing ministry partners. We send two children with Type 1 Diabetes to Camp Seale Harris, which is a special camp just for them, and we help provide funding for the Family Mission Trip. We also provide meals for many churchwide functions, including the Thanksgiving meal, Lenten Lunches, Ladies Dine Around, and more.
You can help!
- Foremost, pray for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to share the gospel with those we work with, and those we encounter as we shop, etc.
- Participate in the monthly food sale on the third Wednesday of each month. The food sales provide all of the funds for these projects.
- Come help us cook. We typically cook on the first and second Friday of each month. Everyone is welcome to help, and there is a job for everyone, even if you don’t cook. You can sign up here! We also make scones periodically; visit this link to sign up to help with scones!
- Help us with deliveries to Children’s and to local Backpack Buddies schools. Visit this link to sign up to deliver to Helena Intermediate School, and visit this link to sign up to deliver to Children's Hospital.