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Reconnecting with Our Roots

Reconnecting with Our Roots
By: Rev. Jill Buckley
As the history goes, Stewpot Community Services was founded in 1981 by a group of downtown churches who saw a persistent and unmet need in our city and came together to help meet it.  Now, 36 years later, thanks to the deep commitment and strong vision of people of faith all over our city, Stewpot continues to respond to deep need in a host of important ways.

What many do not know, however, is the backstory: In the late 1970s, Bill Cook, Jr., who was then the chair of the Missions Committee at Central Presbyterian Church, discovered a new feeding ministry in Dallas, Texas, called “The Stewpot.” He and his wife, Ann, drove over to check it out…and they were inspired. When they returned, they gathered leaders from downtown churches who were likewise looking for ways to respond compassionately to the need at their doorstep.  They determined what they could reasonably and faithfully do together and stepped out on faith. Thus, the “Community Stewpot,” as it was then known, was born here in Jackson, MS.

During the last week of June, a group of senior staff members and I trekked over to the “original” Stewpot in Dallas, Texas, to reconnect with our roots. The Dallas Stewpot has seen the same kind of exponential growth that we have, and we wanted to find out what challenges they had faced in their evolution and learn from the still-creative ways they have discerned to respond.

Like us, they are still serving lunch, but thanks to a creative partnership with the City, they are also serving breakfast and dinner to approximately 400 individuals at each meal. They operate a day shelter similar to [...]

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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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!

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.

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 [...]