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.

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

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.

STEWPOT’S 5K RACE AGAINST HUNGER       

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

      REGISTER TODAY – racesonline.com
 

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.

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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
BankPlus
Ergon
Fountain Family Foundation
Gray-Daniels Auto Family
Highland Village
iHeartRadio
Merrit Health Central
Selby & Richard McRae Foundation
Bronze Sponsors
Ameristar Casino
Baptist Health Systems
Cal-Maine
CSpire
Enterprise
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
HisWay
Molpus Foundation
Southern Farm Bureau Life
U.S. NEXT

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
 

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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 www.Kroger.com, 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! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0655566

Keep shopping in support of Stewpot!

 

Stewpot Thanks You

Our Stewpot family thanks each and every one of you who support us throughout the year. Every dollar, item, food product and every minute you share with us is a true blessing.

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    The 12 Days of Stewpot – Stewpot Kids Miracle, Ashley & Justin

The 12 Days of Stewpot – Stewpot Kids Miracle, Ashley & Justin

By: Yolanda Kirkland

The hustle and bustle going on around Stewpot during the holidays is exciting. We can get lost in the mist of it all, but in this business you’re always reminded of why you love what you do. As this year ends, I’ve been reflecting on all the achievements the children in our After-school Program have been able to accomplish. The children we serve come from very poor and sometimes homeless families. They have very little going for them and to be honest, just finishing school would be a great feat. But when you look at the children who have come through our program, you can’t help but notice that our children are achieving way more than just graduating.

This year alone, we have children who have been a part of the program since they were just 3 years old and are now preparing to graduate from high school, many with honors. Others are continuing their college courses, while some prepare to graduate from college.

Two young ladies who we’ve watched grow up over the years are reaching great milestones this year. Miracle Vance is graduating from Provine High School this year and Ashley Taylor is graduating from Alcorn State in 2015. Both are preparing for new challenges in life. We’re so excited for them and are happy they’ve been in the Stewpot family so long that we see these great accomplishments.

We also have a young man, Justin Bell, who has been in our program since he was in kindergarten. He has always shown a great interest in acting and this year he’s playing a lost boy in New Stage Theatre’s production of  “Peter Pan”. Justin is in the 9th grade at Murrah High School.

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