Stewpot Needs Turkey Donations!

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The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching and we want to help as many families as possible have a great meal on their table. So, we are hoping we can count on you to help make this possible. How you can help us help families in need, you ask? Turkey donations! We assist about 500 to 600 families for Thanksgiving with a Holiday Basket which includes a turkey and all of the trimmings. Helping others is a guaranteed way to be thankful. Try it; the smiles on these families’ faces will be worth your donation!

If you are unable to bring a turkey and would love to help out, a $30.00 donation will cover the cost of a complete Thanksgiving Basket. Drop your contribution in the mail, click on our donations page, or you can make your contribution by visiting the Stewpot Facebook page. Thanks in advance!

Stewpot 2017 “Why I Give Campaign”

“Why I Give”
Dr. Louis and Alison Harkey
We first became aware of Stewpot through our church, St. James’ Episcopal Church. St. James’ has always been a large supporter and advocate of Stewpot throughout the years. Both Louis and I served on the Vestry of St. James’ and I served as both Junior and Senior Warden. In those leadership positions we became intimately aware of how dependent Stewpot is on donations from both churches and individuals. We also learned about all of the very necessary services Stewpot provides to the neediest in our community.

St James’ also plays a role in providing volunteers to serve in various capacities at Stewpot. We have served lunch on numerous occasions and helped with the annual Stewpot Christmas Party. We have also donated to the clothes closet and other aspects of Stewpot ministries. Some of our children (we have 4 and honestly I can’t remember who volunteered – it may just have been our oldest daughter) also volunteered at the summer camp which we have also supported financially.

I was a member of the Junior League of Jackson and lead a group who planned and installed landscaping around the teen center at Stewpot. (Not sure if it is still there!!).

We give to Stewpot because we believe it provides an invaluable service to the least fortunate of our Jackson residents. We give because we believe we are called to do so by the Gospel. We give because we have the resources to do so and believe that “to whom much is given, much is required”. We give because we believe Stewpot makes an enormous difference in the lives of Jackson residents.

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2017 Spirit of Giving Campaign

During the holidays, we celebrate our blessings. We gather with friends and family around tables overflowing with food. We give gifts to those we want to honor and thank.  We mark our holy days with decorations, parties, and special worship services.  We remember how blessed we are.

Here at Stewpot, we serve people who live at the edges of this abundance. Not having enough of this world’s goods, they rely on the generosity of others to secure basic things like food, shelter and clothing. Isolated by their station in life, they rely on the hospitality of places like Stewpot to find welcome and belonging.

     This holiday season, you can help those living on the margins by making a gift to Stewpot. A donation to Stewpot ensures a hot meal, safe shelter and warm clothing for men, women and children in need. It helps provide important supportive services like counseling, health services, art therapy, and legal aid to those who need it most.

     Through our Spirit of Giving alternative gift campaign, you can make a donation in honor or in memory of your friends and loved ones.

When you send your donation to Stewpot with your list of honorees, Stewpot will send a special holiday card, on your behalf, acknowledging that a donation has been made in their honor. You will receive a letter thanking you for your donation and that can be used for tax purposes.  You can use the enclosed page or fill out our online form.

Stewpot exists because people like you want those who live on the margins to know that they are not forgotten.

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He Works Through Art

“He works through art”

HeARTWorks is an art ministry which began over ten years ago at Stewpot. Our mission at HeARTWorks is to offer an artistic experience in a Christian environment to the homeless and needy around the Stewpot community. Our artists gather each Tuesday at 9 am at the old Stewpot cafeteria.  They enjoy a short devotional before beginning their art session. Local artists and volunteers donate their time to teach a new technique, lead a craft project, or simply encourage our artist before they enjoy lunch with Stewpot at noon.

Each Fall, HeARTWorks holds an art show that showcases the talent of our artists. The sale of each piece is split 80/20 between the artist and Stewpot respectively.  You will notice all HeARTWorks art has a silver spoon adhered to it.  It is our hope that all purchases and viewers be reminded that we are not all “fed” with a silver spoon. This year’s art show will be held on Thursday, September 28 at The Cedars in Fondren from 5pm – 8pm. Come check out what our artists have on display!


BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot ~ A Success

A Huge “Thank You” to all who came out and supported this year’s BankPlus Presents Red Beans and Rice for Stewpot! Without you, the wonderful festival day we had would not have been possible. Stewpot would like to say a special thanks to our 2017 Sponsors, especially BankPlus our title Sponsor! We truly thank you for your leadership in the community and your support of Stewpot. We also appreciate the major contributions of The Clarion Ledger, WLBT/FOX 40, Ergon, Inc, Nix Tann, Brunini Law Firm, Adams & Reese, The Caldwell Foundation, Bradley Arant, Visit Ridgeland, Capital City Beverage, Cspire, The Renaissance, Tire Engineers, The Bottrell Agency, IHeart Media family of Radio Stations, and Taylor Power Systems. Thank you to all of our contestants and volunteers. And to some of the BADDEST bands in the land who performed, “You Rocked” literally.

Information regarding the 2018 BankPlus Presents Red Beans for Stewpot Festival will be posted on the website soon so keep checking by visiting the Red Beans & Rice website at Stewpot Special Events Coordinator, Michelle Bingham, can be reached at 601-353-2759 ext. 18 or by email at

St. Dominic, thanks for being such great partners. We look forward to working with you again next year!

Information regarding registration for the 2018 Magnolia Meltdown run can be obtained at

The People have spoken and the 2017 People’s Choice Winners are:

Bill’s Creole and Steak Depot ~ Grand Champion

The Holy Smokers of Saint Andrews ~ 2nd Place

Stewpot Community Services ~ Most Honorable Mention



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Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Preview Party!

We had a great time at this years Sponsor’s Preview Party at Sanders McNeal Gallery. Thanks Sandy!
Our Preview Sponsors include:
Benefactors – Louisa Dixon
Ann & Bob Shearer
Blair & Bondurant
Mary & Richard Puckett […]
Patrons: Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Quon
Host: Beth and Steve Orlansky
Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Robinson, JR.
Carol  Borne Spencer
Dr. and Mrs. Jim Sones
Molly and Darden McWade
Becky and Don Potts
Carol and Oscar Hartman
Susan and Bill Hill
Ross and Yerger

Please join us at the main event, Taste of Mississippi on April 7. Tickets can be purchased at Lemuria Bookstore, Highland Village office, McDades Grocery, Stewpot or online at


New Kitchen/Dining Area Finished

By Frank Spencer
The Stewpot family began to dream of a new Kitchen and Dining area in 2006. Today the dream is a reality. Harrell Construction Company has turned the construction area back over to Stewpot. By the time this article is read, the new tables and chairs will have been delivered and Stewpot will be feeding it’s clients in the new area. The kitchen staff has been trained to use all the new kitchen appliances and happy to be in the new space.
The new kitchen/dining area is located in the sanctuary of the former Central Presbyterian Church which was donated to Stewpot by the Mississippi Presbytery in 2004. To be suitable for it’s new use, the interior floor had to be demolished, the pieces removed, and a new flat floor poured. Additionally, asbestos has to be removed, a new roof installed, drains and water, electric, phones and cable lines installed. The kitchen/dining area as well as other renovations to be constructed later were designed by CDF (Cook, Douglas, Farr Archetitects).
For our clients, the renovations will allow Stewpot to be more wheelchair friendly, easier to clean, have adequate restrooms and lavatories for washing hands and be assured that their food is cooked under the most sanitary conditions available. For our volunteers, they will be assured of a close, fenced, parking area with quick entrance, lockers for valuables while at Stewpot, and a lot of kitchen counter space to place food brought on the weekend to feed clients. For everybody, the area is far more attractive, has better lighting and a modern heating/cooling system.
Future plans also call for the area to be used as a community meeting area and a classroom for budding [...]

Taste of Mississippi, Monday, April 7!

The 27th annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi, a Benefit for Stewpot Community Services, Inc.: Homegrown Hunger Relief event will bring together dozens of Mississippi chefs and fine restaurateurs to share their culinary favorites on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Highland Village. The event has been a Jackson-area favorite for two decades and was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

This year’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi event will offer samplings from several of the metro area’s finest restaurants; a draw-down raffle of the event’s signature art-work, a silent auction featuring local artwork, dinners and merchandise; and live music.

“We’re very fortunate that during this tough economic time, there are still many Mississippians willing to share with the homeless and needy people in our area,” said the Rev. Frank Spencer, Executive Director of Stewpot Community Services. “This is the largest annual fundraiser for Stewpot, and we are delighted to be celebrating more than two decades of generosity from our generous supporters.”

Last year, Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi raised more than $105,000 to fight homelessness and hunger in the Jackson area.

“The money we raise through Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi is a critical part of our ability to perform our 17 different ministries throughout the year,” said Spencer. “We can’t say “Thank You” enough to those who contribute.”

Tickets for this year’s event are $65 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi website,, Lemuria Bookstore, McDades Grocery, Highland Village Offices, Stewpot, or by calling Michelle’ Bingham at 601-353-2759.

Started in 1981 by Jackson churches and the Jewish Synagogue, Stewpot Community [...]

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.