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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.

This holiday season, please consider honoring your loved ones and remembering those in need through a gift [...]

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 www.redbeansandrice.org. Stewpot Special Events Coordinator, Michelle Bingham, can be reached at 601-353-2759 ext. 18 or by email at mbingham@stewpot.org.

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 www.magnoliameltdown.racesonline.com.

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

 

 

BankPlus, with total assets of more than $2.6 billion, has over 57 locations in 33 Mississippi communities. BankPlus is the largest certified Community Development Financial Institution in the United States. BankPlus offices are located in Belzoni, [...]

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
 

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.

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 [...]

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!