The 2017 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi ~Taste of Mississippi fundraiser Has MOVED

Taste of Mississippi has a “NEW HOME”: The South Warehouse & The Railroad District located at 627 East Silas Brown Street in downtown Jackson. Key the address into your GPS and join us there! Just wanted to remind you, so you will know where to find us this year. We promise to give you the same FANTASTIC event in our new space!
April 3, 2017
7 P.M.-10 P.M.
40+ Fine Restaurants and the Best Chefs around
10 Beverage Distributors
Live Entertainment
An Awesome Auction
and YOU!
Tickets for this fundraiser are $65 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi ~ Taste of Mississippi website, www.tasteofms.org, Highland Village, Lemuria Bookstore, McDades Grocery, Stewpot, or by calling Michelle’ Bingham at 601-353-2759 ext.18.

Taste of MS Tickets

1 Ticket @ $65.00 USD
2 Tickets @ $130.00 USD
3 Tickets @ $195.00 USD
4 Tickets @ $260.00 USD
5 Tickets @ $325.00 USD
10 Tickets @ $600.00 USD

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at Renaissance at Colony Park

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at RenaissanceBankPlus and Stewpot announced that the two entities are creating a day of red beans & rice, music and fun to assist the homeless and needy in the Metro area. This event will re-invent Stewpot’s former festival fundraiser, “Red Beans and Rice Celebration,” formerly held at Trustmark Park in Pearl. “The Red Beans & Rice festival will help support the 17 ministries of Stewpot Community Services. Rob Armor, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, said, “For years, the Red Beans and Rice Celebration was a staple in Metro Jackson. Great food and great music combined to not only create one of the best events of the year, but also to serve as a major fundraiser for Stewpot. BankPlus is proud to play a role in bringing this event back and making it better than ever.”BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Renaissance at Colony Park.This reinvigorated festival will also be held in conjunction with a long-standing race benefitting St. Dominic’s free street clinic at Stewpot. Kelli Stabbs, Business Relations Manager, stated, “The annual St. Dominic’s Magnolia Meltdown featuring a half marathon, 10K and 5K is delighted to partner with BankPlus and Stewpot to extend an incredible experience to the more than 1,500 expected entrants.

The BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice committee will recruit teams to prepare their Best Red Beans dish for the crowd. There will be a People’s Choice judging for the best beans. The winner will have BRAGGING RIGHTS for the 2017 BankPlus Red Beans & Rice Festival and help Stewpot – all at the same time! All proceeds from the [...]

Giving Grid makes it easy to send a child to camp

Summer Camp is just days away. Help us make sure every child that needs a safe, loving place to spend the summer is able. Check out our Giving Grid – it’s easy, safe, fast and fun. Whether you give $25 or more, every dollar counts toward keeping a child off the streets this summer, offering them an opportunity to broaden their experiences.
If each Stewpot supporter were to donate just $25 we would be able to make sure all 200 kids who are signed up to attend summer camp will be able. Click on the link below and consider making a donation. Thank you!
Stewpot Giving Grid

Stewpot thanks Whole Foods for 5% Day

Whole Foods Market in Jackson donated 5% of their Monday, April 4 net profit sales to Stewpot Community Services. Whole Foods supports a different, local nonprofit each month on 5% Day. We are proud to have Whole Foods as a partner in ending homelessness in the Jackson area.
Because you shopped at their Jackson location on April 4, Whole Foods will be awarding Stewpot with a check for $2,500.
Thank you Whole Foods and thank you shoppers!

Summer Camps coming — sponsor a child, change a life

t was 80 degrees at 7:30 on a summer morning and the steps of the old church that houses Stewpot Community Services were packed with at least 60 children and more were arriving every minute. Summer camp doesn’t actually start for another half hour, but the buzz of the children’s excitement couldn’t be contained. Soon the air was filled with camp songs: Spring Up Oh Well; Pharaoh, Pharaoh; Boom Chicca Boom; all sung as loudly as their voices could sing. As the morning ritual of singing, checking in with counselors and prayer came to an end, happy children bounced down the stairs eager to participate in whatever new and exciting experience awaited them that day.

This scene replays itself at Stewpot every summer. Inner city children from the west Jackson area attend Summer Camp where we provide a safe, nurturing environment so they can learn, having fun at the same time. The Summer Camp program enhances our Afterschool Program by encouraging the diverse interests of our students through the STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). STEAM teaches our children how these different subjects overlap and how they are used in their everyday lives by connecting them to sports, the arts, gardening, environmental responsibility and regular field trips.

Former Stewpot program participant Diva Whalen, a Tougaloo College graduate, is now in the Cancer Research Program at Baylor University. She says Stewpot encouraged her love of science.

“(Summer Camp) not only gave me the confidence to do well (especially during our black history quiz bowls and sports) but also Stewpot Summer Camp gave me a sense of responsibility. They gave me my first job as a junior camp counselor and have led me on the path I have taken, which is to be an undergraduate college professor and researcher.”

The Summer Camp program also [...]

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.