The 2017 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi ~Taste of Mississippi fundraiser Has MOVED

Taste of Mississippi has a “NEW HOME”: The South Warehouse & The Railroad District located at 627 East Silas Brown Street in downtown Jackson. Key the address into your GPS and join us there! Just wanted to remind you, so you will know where to find us this year. We promise to give you the same FANTASTIC event in our new space!
April 3, 2017
7 P.M.-10 P.M.
40+ Fine Restaurants and the Best Chefs around
10 Beverage Distributors
Live Entertainment
An Awesome Auction
and YOU!
Tickets for this fundraiser are $65 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi ~ Taste of Mississippi website,, Highland Village, Lemuria Bookstore, McDades Grocery, Stewpot, or by calling Michelle’ Bingham at 601-353-2759 ext.18.

Taste of MS Tickets

1 Ticket @ $65.00 USD
2 Tickets @ $130.00 USD
3 Tickets @ $195.00 USD
4 Tickets @ $260.00 USD
5 Tickets @ $325.00 USD
10 Tickets @ $600.00 USD

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at Renaissance at Colony Park

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at RenaissanceBankPlus and Stewpot announced that the two entities are creating a day of red beans & rice, music and fun to assist the homeless and needy in the Metro area. This event will re-invent Stewpot’s former festival fundraiser, “Red Beans and Rice Celebration,” formerly held at Trustmark Park in Pearl. “The Red Beans & Rice festival will help support the 17 ministries of Stewpot Community Services. Rob Armor, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, said, “For years, the Red Beans and Rice Celebration was a staple in Metro Jackson. Great food and great music combined to not only create one of the best events of the year, but also to serve as a major fundraiser for Stewpot. BankPlus is proud to play a role in bringing this event back and making it better than ever.”BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Renaissance at Colony Park.This reinvigorated festival will also be held in conjunction with a long-standing race benefitting St. Dominic’s free street clinic at Stewpot. Kelli Stabbs, Business Relations Manager, stated, “The annual St. Dominic’s Magnolia Meltdown featuring a half marathon, 10K and 5K is delighted to partner with BankPlus and Stewpot to extend an incredible experience to the more than 1,500 expected entrants.

The BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice committee will recruit teams to prepare their Best Red Beans dish for the crowd. There will be a People’s Choice judging for the best beans. The winner will have BRAGGING RIGHTS for the 2017 BankPlus Red Beans & Rice Festival and help Stewpot – all at the same time! All proceeds from the [...]

Thanksgiving for Stewpot in 2013

By Rev. Frank Spencer
The Stewpot Family has so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season and I want to make sure everyone knows about the blessings that Stewpot has and is enjoying this year.

We do not want to forget the problem that occurred last December when an individual filed a change of address form with the U. S. Post Office. For a little over a week, much of Stewpot’s holiday mail was diverted to the wrong address. Although, it is impossible for Stewpot to know what mail and money was diverted from our ministries, a comparison with the previous year showed a reduction in contributions in excess of $110,000.

After the diversion, Stewpot continued all of its ministries serving over 650 people a day as long as we could until our funds ran out in July. It was a sad time when we announced that we would have to lay off staff and close 2 of our ministries. These two ministries served 125 people a day. HOWEVER, as soon as the announcement was made, supporters came to the rescue. By the end of the first week with the donations and pledges coming in, Stewpot was made whole from the theft and we were able to reopen the 2 closed programs. In fact, with the made up funds and extra support, Stewpot ended up in August 2013 in better financial shape than in the previous year.

Secondly sometime in November or December, Stewpot will open its new kitchen, dining room and men’s and women’s restrooms. What a blessing this is. Everyone who has volunteered at Stewpot at our noon lunch knows the ragged condition of our old facilities. Although we did the best we could, [...]

Stewpot Elects New Officers and Members

At its annual meeting on February 13, 2013, representatives of sponsoring churches, the synagogue and other supporting churches elected 2 new Board members and Stewpot Board officers for 2013.
Elected to three year terms on the Board were Donna Orkin, a member of Beth Israel Synagogue and a Stewpot volunteer in the Food Pantry and Community Kitchen lunch program and Rev. Tommie Brown, the Pastor for Outreach for Word of Life Church on Lakeland Drive, which has supplied space for our Summer Camp in its new Capitol Street facilities and many young church workers who have helped clean around Stewpot Buildings. The Stewpot Board is happy to have these 2 active volunteer workers added to the Board.

The attendees also elect the Board Officers for the coming year. Elected Chair was Charles Parrott, a Stewpot Board member from North Minister Baptist Church and also Vice-Chair Jane Anna Barksdale, a Stewpot Board member from St. James Episcopal Church. Elected Treasurer was Amy Brooks a Board member from St. Peters Catholic Church and Secretary, Barbara Bruninni, a Board Member from St. Richards Catholic Church.

Holmes Adams has served as Stewpot Chair for the past two terms and under the Stewpot by-laws, Holmes continues to serve in a Board position for the next 2 years as Board Chair-Emeritus.

The Stewpot family is grateful to all of these Board Members for their willingness to provide leadership and direction to the ministry of Stewpot for the next several of years.

We’re a Small Family but We’re a Success!

Marilyn (name has been changed) is a 38 year old African -American young woman from Jackson. She is the Mother of 3 children; their ages are 5 months, 2 years, and 5 year of age.  Although, she is a graduate of Belhaven College with a degree in paralegal studies, she has been unable to find a job as a paralegal. She did find a job with a local law firm as a runner. Unfortunately, she became homeless when the law firm for which she was working laid her off when the firm had to cut back on personnel. When her funds ran out she was unable to pay her rent and she was finally evicted from her apartment.
Marilyn was desperate because of her children and she came to Stewpot for help. She and her children were initially placed at Matt’s Emergency Shelter and her children were enrolled in daycare at Karitas, a daycare center which is offered free to Stewpot shelter clients by Catholic Charities. Marilyn stayed at Matt’s House for 8 days and was then transferred to Sims Transitional Shelter. She was transferred to Sims because the Stewpot staff felt that she would need more time finding a job and suitable housing for her children.  Marilyn initially had difficulty adjusting to her loss of a job and life in a shelter but working with Mrs. Carter, Stewpot licensed professional counselor, she became a model client and shortly began participating in the group activities at the Sims House with very good attitude. Marilyn and her children especially enjoyed the field trips arranged for Sims House clients to go to all the church Christmas Parties, to New Stage Theatre productions and to the Natural [...]

My Success is a Struggle but I am Working on It

By Jamie Pipes 
I want to talk about how I became homeless, what assistance helped me to improve my condition, and how I am continuing to work and improve. First, I want to say I am now responsible for providing shelter for myself. However, I know now that everything that lead to me to being homeless was the direct result of my decisions. I made decisions based on self gratification which later placed me in a position to be hurt. I wish I could say that I was a victim, but for me that was not the case. I moved from place to place using anyone who allowed me to use them for money, food, or shelter. I have both a legitimate mental illness, and a long history of addictions. Neither of these means I was forced to make the choices I made. I always had the choice to give up or to fight for better. Looking back, I can see that I expected various homeless programs and random people to save me. However, I had given up on myself. By the time I was accepted to stay at Matt’s House, I just didn’t want to sleep on the streets anymore. I really didn’t expect that staying there would help me want better for myself. I thought I was too good to stay at a shelter. The first time I was offered a bed there, I made an excuse about being afraid to be around drugs. So, I ended up moving in with a lady from August to October that ended up stealing my food stamps, possibly claiming me as a dependent on her taxes, and filing disability for me with her as the [...]

Stewpot by the Numbers

Everyone in Jackson seems to know that Stewpot feeds people. But what many people don’t know is just how many people we feed. Here is a glimpse into how much food is needed for ONE average month at Stewpot.
The Food Pantry serves 583 people a month. This number includes all the members of the family from parents to children. Each family is given a four day supply of groceries to cover the entire household.
The Community Kitchen serves an average of 5,629 meals a month to any member of the community-no questions asked.
Matt’s House Emergency Shelter for Women & Children provides around 3,360 meals a month the homeless women and children residing at the shelter.
Sims House Transitional Shelter for Women & Children provides approximately 1,300 meals to the families residing at the shelter.
The Billy Brumfield House for Men serves the homeless men of Jackson nearly 3,600 meals a month.
The Opportunity Center, provides a place for the homeless and low-income of the area to wash clothes, shower, and meet with local service agencies. The Opportunity Center also provides a morning and after-noon snack and in an average month serves 3,240 snacks.
As you can see, we go through a lot of food each month at Stewpot. There is no way any of this could be possible without the support of you- our community, our family! So, from everyone at Stewpot, Thank You!
Many of you have not only assisted in this mass feeding effort through your donations and monetary support, but also through taking the time to cook food and bring it to the shelter. Thank You, Thank, You, Thank You!
If you are interested in helping any of the [...]