Stewpot Updates

Food Drives Helps Those in Need!

We Invite You to Participate in Stewpot’s Annual Christmas in July Food Drive.
Collect as much food as you can and know that it is all for a Great Cause! 
        Make it an inner office, church, or social group competition. Have fun collecting!
 When you’re done collecting, We’ll Come Pick It Up!

For more Information, contact Stephanie Echols at 601-353-2759.
Most Needed Food Items 
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Canned Meats
Ramen Noodles
Hamburger Helper
Macaroni & Cheese
Cereal
Canned Fruit
Stuffing Mix
Sugar
Flour
Corn Meal
 
If you can’t organize a food drive, consider making a donation “Today”.

$25  PROVIDE 2 MEALS FOR A FAMILY 
$65  FEED A FAMILY FOR A WEEK
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Thank you for helping us enrich the lives of our friends in need!
 
 
The Pantry is open five days a week to needy individuals and families.  If you are interested in organizing a food drive and don’t know how to begin, please feel to call Stephanie Echols with your questions. To volunteer in the Food Pantry, call Tara Lindsey.

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    Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget

Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget

Stewpot is a beacon of hope for the 650 clients whom we serve each and every day. Our primary goal is to provide men, women and children with hot meals, groceries, clothing, shelter, childcare, mentoring and other programs to nurture them and help them get back on their feet. And even though we help, more assistance is needed to bridge the gaps that we cannot fill.   

Recently, Stewpot client and friend Hoyt Cantrell was interviewed by the New York Times. Check out his perspective on the upcoming governmental cuts and shortcomings.

 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/us/politics/food-stamps-disability-benefits-trump-budget.html?_r=3
 

Summer Camp 2017— Sponsor a Child, Change a life

The next time you open a web browser on your phone or computer, try this experiment: type “Summer Learning Loss” into the search box. In about one second, millions of articles, stories, videos, and images will show up in your results. Over the past few years, much has been written about the impact that summer learning loss has on students…and, especially on students from low-income households. Research has shown that whatever gains students may make over the school year, students from low-income households lose their advantages over the summer, when they have less access to important resources to help them practice and hone their skills.

Here at Stewpot’s Summer Camp, we understand the critical need for quality summer programming for the kids and teenagers in our care. For the past 25 years, we have offered a safe and nurturing place for at-risk kids to spend their summer days. We have intentionally made it a fun place to escape from the stresses of their lives. But, as our understanding of the unique challenges faced by our kids has deepened, we have also evolved to help combat the “summer slide” as well.

For example, last summer our teenagers studied biomes. After learning about biomes from retired science teacher Ms. Derrick (who is also a very faithful volunteer), each teen built a biome using milk cartons, sand, seeds and other materials; these projects stayed on display throughout summer camp. The teenagers followed this activity with field research at the Jackson Zoo, where they identified animals from each biome. Finally, they wrapped up the unit by teaching our K-5th graders kids what they had learned.

Meanwhile, the K-5th graders were focused on summer reading. Using strong curriculum provided by Mississippi Public [...]

Taste of MS 2017 — Oh What A Night!

Thank you to all who joined us to make this year’s Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi fundraiser a wonderful success. The weather, atmosphere, food and crowd couldn’t have been better! The annual Stewpot fundraiser bringing together the best of the best Jackson-area restaurateurs competing for a title filled the air with excitement and fun.

Winners of the 30th Annual Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi Fundraiser

Best Appetizer — Jaco’s Taco’s

Best Entree — The Manship

Best Dessert — That Special Touch

Best Presentation — Holy Smoker’s

Thank you all for your support of this amazing event!!!

Thanks to all of our sponsors. And a special thanks to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi for their title sponsorship of this great event. Stewpot appreciates the support you give to help us continue our ministries!

Whole Foods’ 5% Day supports Stewpot

On Monday, April 4th, Whole Foods Market in Jackson, Mississippi will donate 5% of their net profit to Stewpot Community Services. Whole Foods supports a different, local non-profit each month with 5% Day.

How can you help? Shop and eat at Whole Foods on Monday, April 4th and part of what you pay will go to Stewpot to help feed, shelter and clothe those in our city who cannot provide these things for themselves. If you have time, stop and visit with the Stewpot representative on site at Whole Foods between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about Stewpot and our 17 ministries.

We are proud to have Whole Foods as a partner in ending homelessness and poverty in the Jackson area.

Sponsor Appreciation Party wets taste buds for main event

If the Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Appreciation Party is any indication, this year’s Taste of Mississippi is going to be one of the best. Sponsors and guests were excited to get a first glimpse of the signature art piece by Billy Solitario out of New Orleans and food samplings from last year’s restaurant winners left everyone ready for more.

This will be the 29th annual Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi – a Benefit for Stewpot Community Services: Homegrown Hunger Relief, and will bring together dozens of Mississippi chefs and fine restaurateurs to share their culinary favorites on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Highland Village.

The event is a Jackson-area favorite and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Taste of Mississippi is a night for party-goers and business men and women to mingle and network, sample some of Mississippi’s finest cuisine, purchase silent auction items and artwork, and dance the night away to live music!

Give a book, get a book at Stewpot

Follow the link to read about Stewpot’s new Little Free Library that soon will be located outside our Community Center. Whether you’re dropping off a book or picking one up to read, everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the new addition to Stewpot! The children love it!

Give a book, get a book at Stewpot/clarionledger.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield 29th annual Taste of Mississippi

There’s something in the air. The clock is ticking as restaurateurs plan their fair for stiff competition. Soon they’ll vying to be the best of the best at Taste of Mississippi 2016 – all in support of Stewpot Community Services. Get your palate ready for culinary creations that will delight your senses.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield 29th annual Taste of Mississippi hits Highland Village Monday, April 4, 7-10 p.m.

Taste of Mississippi, named a top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, brings together more than 40 Jackson metro area restaurants, 10 local beverage distributers, live music, a silent auction and a chance to bid on an original painting by New Orleans artist Billy Solitario.

The 24”x24” oil on canvas piece called “LA Oysters, Bright Lights,” created in 2015, hales from Solitario’s “From Our Shallow Waters: Still-Lives from the Coast of New Orleans” exhibit at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans.

“LA Oysters, Bright Lights” has been valued in excess of $2000.

Solitario, born in Manhattan Beach, California and raised in Gautier, Mississippi, moved to New Orleans after receiving his B.F.A. in painting from University of South Florida. He attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and then received a M.F.A. in painting from Tulane University.

He can be found working on site and at his Magazine Street Studio in New Orleans. He shows primarily in Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana.

Don’t miss the chance to bid on “LA Oysters, Bright Lights,” taste tempting treats, dance to your heart’s content and enjoy a night of food, fun and friends.

In 2015, Taste of Mississippi raised $130,000 to help keep Stewpot’s 17 ministries up and running. Let’s beat that number this year. We’ll see you there!

Get Taste of Mississippi tickets at www.tasteofms.org. Advance tickets are [...]

Making Moves

By Lesley F. Collins

Stewpot’s Madison Jones knows that strategic moves and the ability to shout “checkmate” are what make the game of chess so much fun. The hours spent perfecting one’s game can mean the difference between winning and losing.

On February 19 Madison, a fourth-grader at Johnson Elementary, had the opportunity to participate in the JPS Open Doors Chess Tournament, coming away from the citywide event with two wins, two draws and two losses.

Madison has been attending Stewpot’s After-school Program and Summer Camp since kindergarten. Her older sister was a former camper and currently both Madison and her younger brother, Noah, attend. Madison is very focused on academics as well. She has consistently made the honor roll for the last 3 years while attending Stewpot.

At the Chess Tournament, she had the opportunity to compete against fellow JPS students from Davis, Casey and North Jackson Elementary Schools. We want to CONGRATULATE Madison on a successful tournament and wish her the best of luck in her future chess and academic endeavors!

 

 

Stewpot children, investing in the future today

By Heather Ivery

The parents of Stewpot children want the best for them and believe in their potential. So do we. It is our privilege to help provide Stewpot children with new opportunities to help them overcome the challenges that often come with living in poverty. Stewpot’s After-school and Summer Camp programs offer a safe, nurturing environment, at no charge, for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for such programs.

This school year we’re working with 54 elementary students and 41 junior high and high school students.
 We don’t babysit
Aside from homework help each afternoon, Stewpot kids also receive one-on-one tutoring in subjects they’re having trouble with and assistance with class projects. But our focus is not solely on improving our student’s educational skills. We also focus on engaging the entire family to combat issues that plague our community and cause many young people to not complete their education.

Communication seminars on preventing teen pregnancy are provided during which a trained counselor guides both male and female students, and their parents, through conversations. Family counseling is offered by a licensed social worker.

Parents are also given help when trying to navigate the school system. Often, the parents of our students do not know the options available to their children in the public school system. Our staff acts as liaison between the schools and parents to empower them to help make sure they’re able to get whatever special help their child may need.

The hours of the day after school and before parents come home can be a lonely and sometimes dangerous time for children. Many studies have shown that latchkey children get into trouble during these hours or suffer emotionally. We combat this by providing a place for [...]