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

index

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 four years 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:

 

2017 Board of Directors Officers:

Chairman - Charlie Frith
Vice Chairman -Mary Jane Cheatham
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. (i.e., first Thursday)
  • Donate food - gallon size cans of vegetables, fruit, soup. Packaged cookies and crackers. Frozen meat.
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Donate Clothes (Men's and Women's 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 December 2016 Supplement below to open the December Supplemental Stewpot Newsletter.

June 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter Archives - Click on the issue of the Newsletter you want to open.

June 2017 Newsletter
March 2017 Newsletter
December 2016 Supplement

December 2016
September 2016
August 2016
June 201
6
March 2016
December 2015

October 2015
September 2015
June 2015
March 2015
December 2015
September 2014
June 20 14

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.


 

'Socktober'

The 6th grade students at Central Arkansas Christian School were on a mission. A mission to make a difference in their community and give God all the glory! For the month of October, they challenged all of the other students in the upper grades to donate packages of socks to be collected for the homeless. They even renamed the month of October as ‘SOCKtober’. With cold weather around the corner, they were driven to do this and help as many people in need as possible. When the collection was completed, they had collected over 600 pairs. Praise God!


1st Thursday Team

The 1st Thursday Stewpot Team brings fresh fruit (bananas and apples) each 1st Thursday. The team members chip in to pay for the fruit.

 

 

 

 

Save Cleanup time at Stewpot

Some of the Stewpot Teams are using Pansaver deep hotel pan (18" x 34") liners in the large roasters. The team member responsible for cleaning the roaster pans knows how much scrubbing it takes to clean one of the the Stewpot roasters. To use the liners, water is added to the roaster and the liner is placed into the pan prior to adding the contents. When Stewpot ends, the bags are removed and discarded. There is no scrubbing required. The team purchases and pays for the bags which can be purchased from Ben E Keith Foods Mid-South for $46.00 for a box of 50.

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza in the Rain

Rain did not stop the Stewpot patrons from eating pizza on Thursday, May 4.  The Caesar’s Love Truck pulled up into the parking lot and began cooking 100 pizzas divided between pepperoni and cheese.  Two pieces of piping hot pizza were served to each individual.  Three members from the 1st Thursday Stewpot Team offered bottle water to go along with the pizza.  The team opted out of serving cookies because of the rain.

 

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

 

Get Your Pizza Here! Get Your Water Here!

 

 

Ced and Ed and Ken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyric Rogers Helps Stewpot

Lyric Rogers attends Westover Hills Presbyterian Church.  She recently celebrated her 9th birthday.  For her party, she asked all of her guests to bring socks and underwear for the Stewpot.  Lyric, along with her mother Deanine, brought the socks and underwear to the Stewpot on Wednesday, May 3.  She decided to stay and help serve at Stewpot.  She helped dish up banana pudding and also helped her mother serve nachos and cheese dip.  Thank you Lyric.

 

Lyric and her Mother and Lots of Socks and Underwear

 

Lyric Serves up Banana Pudding and Nachos and Cheese

 

 

Stewpot Receives Grant from Arkansas Hunger Alliance

Ed Brown, Stewpot Day Manager, and Charlie Frith, Chairman of the Stewpot Board receive a $2,000 check from Arkansas Hunger Alliance (Patty Barker - Right and Caitlin Richard - Left). The money will be used to buy a new ice maker for Stewpot.