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 [...]

Bean Wars – The Revenge of the Bean is here!

The battle for the best red beans is back in town and you’d better be ready. Stewpot’s Red Beans & Rice Celebration is scheduled for November 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Braves Stadium in Pearl. The theme this year is Bean Wars – The Revenge of the Bean is here!

Do you think you have what it takes to be one of the 25 to 30 contestants vying for the title of Best Red Beans and Rice of 2015?

Maybe you have style enough to win Most Creatively-Decorated Booth or thePeople’s Choice Award. Bring it on!

Stewpot’s Red Beans and Rice Celebration needs contestants. Are your beans the best in town? Prove it! Sign up today.

We still have space for a few more craft vendors at Red Beans and Rice. Interested? Contact Heather Ivery at 601-353- 2759 ext. 12 for more details.

This annual family-friendly fundraiser benefiting Stewpot Community Services promises to be a blast for the whole family. It’s your one-stop shop for food, entertainment, and fun. Come sample and vote for your favorite red bean expert.

Advance Tickets: adults $10, $12 at the gate, Children 4-10 $5, 9 and under are FREE.

For tickets or to sign a team up to cook, call Stewpot for details and ask for Michelle’ at 601-353-2759 ext. 18. We hope to see you there!

2015 Stewpot’s 5K Race Against Hunger

2015 Registration Form           2015 5K Sponsorship Levels Form           2015 5K Race.Walk Against Hunger Flyer

We’re so excited for Stewpot’s 2nd Annual 5K Race/Walk Against Hunger. The date is set for September 5, 2015 and we’re ready for a huge turnout. This year we think we’ve got the hang of this! We’re reaching out to our donors who are runners and walkers.

Stewpot hosts several events throughout the year where our contributors can be involved with us in ministry. When we realized that our health conscious friends were being left out, quick thinking helped us come up with a way to include all of our friends in our fundraising efforts – hence, Stewpot’s 5K Race/Walk Against Hunger.

Join us for a great event while supporting Stewpot Community Services. Please remember that Stewpot has 17 different ministries in which we provide services to the 650 clients we serve each and every day. Some of our ministries supported by this fundraiser are Stewpot shelters, children’s and teens after-school program, the food pantry, and of course, the noon meal offered every day of the year.


6:30 a.m. Race day registration
7:30 a.m. 5K race/walk
Smurf-y 1-mile run following the 5K
5K early bird fee, $25/$35 race day
Smurf-y Fun Run $10/$15 race day
Awards: Male/Female Overall, Masters, Grand Masters 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age division: 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-65, 65 & over
Mile Awards: Male/Female Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age division: 4 & under, 5-7, 8-10, & 11-13


Stewpot Clients Earn Success

“Willie had reached rock bottom,” remembers Brumfield Program Director Wilbert Logan. It all starts with the decision to make a change. Drowning in addiction to alcohol and drugs, Willie H. began a journey spanning more than three years. Without a job, money or insurance, and at step one of a 12-step-program, he was determined to change his life. In need of physical, emotional and spiritual healing, he crossed the threshold of the Billy Brumfield Shelter, Stewpot’s emergency shelter for men. He entered the Brumfield House Program on January 21, 2012.

“I sent him to see our Stewpot counselor to get started on his many personal issues.’ recalls Logan. “After a few visits with her, Willie began to work on his sobriety.”

Logan also referred Willie to Hinds Behavioral Health where short-term goals were set. The high school dropout enrolled himself into a G.E.D. program at Hinds Community College. He, also, sought after and received his disability, helping him with health issues.

Willie, now 35, lives in his own apartment enjoying freedom from addiction. On April 1, 2015 he completed the Brumfield Shelter Program. “Willie stated he will never drink or do drugs again,” says Logan, “expressing his gratitude to us for encouraging him to finish his goals.”

Stewpot ministries touch lives every day, whether it’s a meal or helping someone renew their life. Short-term goals turn into lifelong changes, transforming turmoil and struggle into success. Clients, arriving at Stewpot shelters though different paths, find help, support and encouragement. It is these men and women, through hard work and determination, who ultimately choose the path to independence and success. Life, with it’s challenges, continues with new skills to face a future, still uncertain, but much brighter.

Developing the skills to [...]

Taste of Mississippi 2015 – What a Night!

What an event! Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi 2015 filled Highland Village with an estimated 1,500 people Monday night. Congratulations to our winners: Holy Smokers of St. Andrews (Jackson) took best entrée with redfish and dill sauce; Lou’s Full-Serv (Jackson) won Best Appetizer with shrimp escabeche; Crazy Cat Bakers (Jackson) took Best Dessert with bread pudding and brandy sauce; and Walnut Hills/The Nogales House (Vicksburg) won the prize for Best Presentation! Community support for Stewpot, at the 28th annual Taste of Mississippi event fundraiser, was amazing. Thank you to each restaurant and beverage distributor who showed support by participating. Thank you, also, to our fabulous entertainment, Hunter Gibson and the Gators and Pryor Graeber and the Tombstones. The Silent Auction was a huge success due to generous donors and enthusiastic bidders. You’re all wonderful. Thank you in particular to all our sponsors.

Thank You 2015 Taste of Mississippi Sponsors

We’d like to say a special thanks to our 2015 sponsors. Taste of Mississippi is a huge success each year, thanks to their generous support!
Platinum Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi
Gold Sponsors
Southern Beverage
Entergy Mississippi
Silver Sponsors
Allstate Insurance
Fountain Family Foundation
Gray-Daniels Auto Family
Highland Village
Merrit Health Central
Selby & Richard McRae Foundation
Bronze Sponsors
Ameristar Casino
Baptist Health Systems
Jackson Free Press
Magnolia Magazine
Molpus Foundation
Regions Bank
Riverwalk Hotel & Casino
St. Dominic Health Services
Trustmark Bank
US Foodservice
Friends of Stewpot
American Field Services
Baker Donelson
Bancorp South
Brad Piggott
Citizens National Bank
Molpus Foundation
Southern Farm Bureau Life

2015 Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Preview Party

Thank you to all who joined us for the Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Preview Party at Brown’s Fine Art. It is you who helped to make it a wonderful event last night. Thank you, especially, to the Brown family for hosting the event!

Energy was high in anticipation of our annual Taste of Mississippi fundraiser on March 30 at Highland Village. Our signature artwork by Ginny Futvoye was on display and a select few of our supporting restaurants and caterers, treated guests to delights for the palate. Thank you St. Andrews Holy Smokers, Taste of the Island, Because We Care Weddings & More, Kitchen Elite Catering and the Jackson Convention Complex.

Thank you to all our Preview sponsors.

                                                        2015 Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Preview Party Host 
Anne & Bob Shearer
Louisa Dixon & Wilton Johnson, III
Mary & Richard Puckett
Nancy & Walter Warren
Daniel Gallagher
Reverend Mary M McWade
William F. Blair – Blair & Bondurant
Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Quon
Debbie & Jim Sones, M.D.
E. B. Robinson, Jr.
Beth & Steven Orlansky
Ross & Yerger
Carol & Oscar Hartman
Susan & Bill Hill
Rev. Carol Spencer
Becky & Don Potts
2015 Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Preview Party Restaurant Host
Kitchen Elite Catering
Because We Care Cakes & More
Taste of the Islands
The Holy Smokers of Saint Andrews
Jackson Convention Complex
That Special Touch
The Cake Diva

We would like to “Thank You” for your Support of this year’s Sponsor Preview Party. Know that your Help is helping us to serve 650 clients each and every [...]

Get Your Taste of MS Tickets

Get your tickets early for Blue Cross Blue Shield’s 28th annual Taste of Mississippi fundraiser benefiting Stewpot Community Services! Join us at Highland Village on March 30th for the best time in town.
Don’t miss your chance to taste some of the best culinary offerings in the Jackson metro area. Exceptional Mississippi chefs and restaurateurs from dozens of eateries compete for coveted titles in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Entrée and Best Dessert; and for your visual delight, Best Presentation! It’s your choice – you vote! Compliment their food samplings with a libation from one of our ten local distributors.

Hunter Gibson and the Gators will be filling the air with music in the north courtyard, while Pryor Graeber and the Tombstones keep the party going on the south side.

As always, get ready to be tempted at our Silent Auction. Bid away – all in support of Stewpot! Don’t forget to get your drawdown tickets available at for a chance to take home the Taste of Mississippi 2015 Signature Piece by Ginny Futvoye.

Last year’s, Taste of Mississippi event raised more than $100,000 to fight homelessness and hunger in the Jackson metro area. Thank you to all who support Stewpot and the work we do through our 17 ministries. We’re looking forward to another fantastic event. We’ll see you there!
Tickets can be purchased though 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.

Taste of Mississippi 2015 – March 30th!

Tickets go on sale soon for Taste of Mississippi 2015 on March 30th! The air around Highland Village will be filled with music, laughter and the aroma of culinary delights.

As the sun goes down, energy and excitement rise. Be part of the crowd dancing to live music, sampling tasty offerings from over forty restaurants and cool off with a libation from one of the 10 local distributors throughout the venue. During the evening, participating restaurants compete for the title of Taste of Mississippi Best Presentation and Best Food Samplings. Your vote can make the difference; so make sure you try everything!

Then take some time to stroll through our silent auction. You may find a treasure you just can’t pass up. Keep bidding on it. It’s okay. You’ll be helping to support Stewpot with every bid!

Be sure to get your drawdown tickets for a chance to take home a beautiful oil painting by artist Ginny Futvoye of Jackson. A native of western Kentucky, Futvoye moved to Mississippi her the husband, a Jackson native.

Futvoye, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, credits instructors there with teaching her new ways of seeing and having an enormous influence on her artistic development. She spent a summer painting in Taos, New Mexico, and has studied the masters in Europe. Her artwork is on display at Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson and at her home. Don’t miss your chance to win this year’s Taste of Mississippi signature piece by Ginny Futvoye!

Taste of Mississippi, named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society and attended by over 1,200 guests each year, benefits Stewpot Community Services. Funds raised help us provide thousands of men, women and [...]

Kroger & AmazonSmile – Helping Stewpot While You Shop

You can support Stewpot just by shopping at Kroger and AmazonSmile.

If you use your Kroger Plus Card and register Stewpot as your charity in Kroger’s Community Reward’s program, Kroger will then donate a portion of your purchase to Stewpot. It doesn’t add any extra to your bill. Just log into your account at, go to Community Rewards and choose Stewpot Community Services, Organization #81590. Or, register your Kroger Plus Card at the customer service desk of any of your local Kroger stores and tell them you want to support Stewpot.

If you’ve registered in Kroger’s Community Reward’s program in the past, and chosen Stewpot, we thank you. Please remember, though, that you need to register each year.

There’s another opportunity to help Stewpot continue our ministry in your community – Amazon Smile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Stewpot Community Services. Create an Amazon account or use the same login as your current Amazon account. Once logged in, under “Your Account”, please choose Stewpot as your charity. Thanks!

Keep shopping in support of Stewpot!