Feeding the Hungry of Little Rock continuously for 40 years with over 1.5 million meals served

The Little Rock Stewpot is a simple group with a simple mission - "Feed whoever comes through the door. No questions asked."

Every weekday, volunteers at The Stewpot in Little Rock, Arkansas feed the hungry. Typically 150 people eat lunch every day — old, young, men, women, children, homeless, working or unemployed - but all are grateful for a hot meal. The food is very simple and somehow there is always enough.

Feeding 150 hungry people, 5 days a week, continuously for 40 years. Help us continue to feed the hungry in Little Rock, by supporting The Stewpot as a donor or volunteer.

A number of our current volunteers were once standing in The Stewpot lunch line. Now, they are giving back by serving soup and hoping for a time when the line is empty and all are fed.

About The Stewpot-Little Rock Feed whoever Walks Through Our Doors

The Stewpot has been located on the second floor of The First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock since 1972.  Stewpot served the first meal to 16 people at a cost of $.99 per meal in 1972.  In 2016 it served 45,000 meals at a cost of $2.61 per meal. There is one full time and one part-time paid employee (Ed & Cedric) and 150 volunteers a month from many churches throughout the city providing this service.

The Stewpot has one primary and two secondary missions:
The primary mission is to Feed the Hungry -"Feed whoever walks through our doors". The Stewpot is open from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday providing a hot meal to the homeless, jobless, elderly, physically or mentally disabled and displaced families in the Greater Little Rock area.  The Little Rock Stewpot has served over 1.5 million meals in the last 40 years.

A secondary mission is to Help Clothe the Needy. The purpose of the Clothes Closet is to distribute clothing and hygiene products to folks in need. The Clothes Closet is open every Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00, and is staffed mostly by volunteers. Carl, a member of the Church at Rock Creek, is a long-serving volunteer. Barbara came on board about a year ago and is involved in assisting the women who come to Stewpot. Carl and Barbara sort through all of the items that are donated to the Clothes Closet.

Another secondary mission is to offer Free Medical Services to the sick. The Baptist Health Community Clinic is held weekly at the Stewpot. Nurses Rachel White and Kenley Throgmartin, and Community Health Associate, Letitia Bailey, come to the Stewpot each Friday from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Dr. Blake Scheer, volunteer physician, along with two volunteer pharmacists, John Ritley and Scott Pace offer free medical care and prescription medications on the third Thursday of each month. Free Services Include: Basic First Aid,
 Blood Pressure Screening,
 Blood Sugar Screening,
 Care Coordination,
 Community Referrals,
 Diabetes Education Program,
 Diabetes Risk Assessment
, Flu Shots (October and November),
 Health Monitoring,
 Individualized Health Teaching,
 Oxygen Levels,
Parasitic (Lice) Treatment,
 Tobacco Education and Weight Management Education

To see a short video about the Little Rock Stewpot, click on the The Stewpot below:

 

2016 Board of Directors Officers:

Chairman - Mary Jane Cheatham
Vice Chairman - Charles Frith
Secretary - Ellen Russell
Treasurer - Roberta Saxon

Committees:

Volunteer Chairman – Jan Van Ness
Special Events – Kay Shurgar
Manager – Nancy Rorex
Daily Manager – Ed Brown
Communications – Charles Frith
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.

Help Make a Difference!

Your donations to The Stewpot have helped us feed the hungry for the past 43 years. Thanks to your support, we are able to supplement our allocations from Potluck, Rice Depot and other food banks with needed milk, canned and fresh food. Please send your donations to The Stewpot- Little Rock, 800 Scott Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Thanks to these recent Donors:
Second Presbyterian Church
Christ Episcopal Church
Elkins Presbyterian Church
First United Methodist Church
Park Hill Presbyterian Church
Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church
Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Westover Hills Presbyterian Church
Presbytery of Arkansas
Grace Presbyterian Church
Holy Souls Catholic Church
Hunger Relief Alliance
Hendrix College Campus Kitty
Gary Gault Trust
Constellation, Inc.
St. Marks Episcopal

 

 

Volunteer

The Stewpot-Little Rock needs Volunteers every day to help us feed the hungry.

Here are some volunteer opportunities:

  • Team Captain - organize and supervise a team, prepare food, serve, cleanup, 9am-1:30pm
  • Daily serving teams - 7 people from 11am - 1:15. Often a church will cover the same day each month. (ie first Thursday)
  • Donate food - gallon size cans of vegetables, fruit, soup. Packaged cookies and crackers. Frozen meat.
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Organize clothes in the Clothes Closet - sort, rearrange, hangup
  • Donate Clothes (Men's, Women's, children, jeans, shoes and casual shirts are most needed).
  • Pick up donated food from Rice Depot, Potluck or other food banks (requires heaving lifting and a truck or SUV)
  • Organize food in pantry
  • Pick up donated food from Community Bakery

Contact UsThe Stewpot

The Stewpot-Little Rock
c/o First Presbyterian Church
800 Scott Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 372-1804

News & Events

Newsletter

Click on March 2016 below to open the August Stewpot Newsletter.

December 2016

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Some of the Thankful Comments from Stewpot Volunteers

  • I get to eat left over goodies from community bakery.
  • It gets my wife out of the house!
  • For all of the volunteers past and present and for those that began this ministry over 40 years ago.
  • Our cook - Scott Seidenschwarz
  • I am very grateful for the crew I work with at Stewpot.
  • I am thankful for the people who extend themselves for the benefit of others.  It is a pure form of love. I am grateful for the fellowship with fellow cooks.  I love my co-worker cooks!  And we love Ed and Ced and Ken!
  • I love that Stewpot has fed the downtown homeless people for over 40 years with dignity and no judgement.
  • Jesus said, "Feed my sheep" and so being able to help cook, serve and feed others is indeed a blessing to me.
  • Thankful for God letting me help others at Stewpot.
  • Stewpot and the Clothes Closet make my week.  I receive much ore than I give!
  • Good food that is free and "Hits the Spot."  You can't do any better than that.
  • I am grateful for the Stewpot Clothes Closet, which helped a friend of mine who lost her clothing in a fire.
  • There are still good people doing good thins in Arkansas.
  • I am thankful for the 1st Pres members and staff that open their facility for Stewpot.
  • Thankful for the opportunity to serve folks in need and for the fellowship among those who work at Stewpot.
  • I am so thankful to be involved in a church that supports a ministry of this kind.  I appreciate the leadership of Stewpot.  The organization is amazing when you consider the numbers that pass through on a regular basis.
  • When I see homeless people, I am reminded of blessed to have all of the necessities of life. Serving Stewpot gives me a chance to serve God by serving the homeless.
  • Thanks for the Stewpot Cooks.  They are always prepared.
  • Ed - always very helpful and performs many tasks.
  • Thanks for 1st Pres for offering their facilities.
  • I am thankful for all of the lovely people who come for lunch and allow me to serve them.  That's a great gift!

 

 

 

Books for the Offering

Libby Ingram, a member of 1st Presbyterian Church, continues to offer paperback books to the diners at Stewpot on the second Tuesday each month. She has a website (http://www.booksfortheoffering.com) and a Facebook page (Books for the Offering) for contact information. She is happy to talk to anyone who would like to donate books.


 

Stewpot Receives $3,000 Grant

The Little Rock Stewpot recently received a $3,000 grant from Constellation’s (Arkansas Mutual holding company) Annual Contribution Drive.  Joyce Wilson, with the Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. was instrumental in Stewpot receiving the grant. Joyce is a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, and a Stewpot worker for the Westover Hills 1st Wednesday group. 

The purpose of the Constellation GIVE Committee Annual Contribution Drive is to distribute designated funds to local, non-profit organizations based on employee recommendation.

Non-Profit Qualifications for the grant included the following:

  • The employee (Joyce Wilson) must be involved in the organization or be able to describe how the organization has impacted themselves or their family.
  • The organization must be a 501c(3) charitable, non-profit organization.
  • The organization must have a broad-based humanitarian appeal.
  • The organization must be local or a local affiliate of a national organization.
  • The organization must be located within the service area.
  • The organization must not receive the majority of their funding from large corporations, Medicare/Medicaid and/or government grants.
  • Funds should not be earmarked for activities that are religiously oriented.

A Special “Thanks” to Joyce Wilson for her perseverance in convincing   Constellation’s (Arkansas Mutual holding company) Annual Contribution Drive that the Stewpot met all of the qualifications to receive the grant.

 

Joyce Wilson presents check to Mary Jane Cheatham, Chair of the Stewpot Board.

 

 

Some of the Youth from the 

First Presbyterian Church in Conway 

and First Presbyterian Church in Springdale Help Serve at Stewpot

 

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. Proverbs 22:6

It is not uncommon for junior and senior high school youth groups from area churches to spend part of their summer vacation working in local and regional mission projects.  However, children or tweens in the upper primary grades are now being introduced to mission and service through mini-mission trips within the state of Arkansas.

 

A few years ago, Directors of Christian Education from Presbyterian Churches across Arkansas joined together to offer children as young as 9 the opportunity for a short mission trip experience.  This program takes them out of their community to eat, sleep, learn and work together 24/7.  Away from family and in makeshift housing the children learn to rely on one another and work as a team.

 

The Kid’s Mini-Mission 2016 worked in the Central Arkansas area August 2nd through 4th with teams from First Presbyterian Church in Conway and First Presbyterian Church in Springdale. These teams and their sponsors were housed by the Grace Presbyterian Church of Little Rock.  One of the highlights of their trip was the opportunity to serve the people of the Stewpot Program.  The children greeted and served the Stewpot guests with a warmth and sweetness that could be felt and sensed through the smiles and gentle comments from the recipients.  The Kid’s Mini Mission Teams showed the love of Christ to the tired, hungry, and houseless community of downtown Little Rock. Thanks be to God.

To see some additional photos, click on the link below:

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Fleet Feet Donates Shoes to Stewpot

 

Fleet Feet Sports Easy Runner, located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center on Cantrell Road, donated a large box of shoes to the Stewpot. Most of the shoes have been returned and are in excellent condition.  They are going to post a flyer in their store asking for used shoes and are also going to post it on social media. They hope to have a box of shoes for us every month.

 

Cedric, Ken and Ed Receive the shoes at Stewpot.

 

Barbara from the Clothes Closet with a Smile on her Face

 

 

 

Townley Likes to help her grandparents,

Charlie & Charlotte Frith, at Stewpot.