Stewpot Board Officers
The Stewpot Board elected officers at its board meeting on Monday, June 18th.
See Below (Left to right): Nancy Howell, Vice-Chair); Roberta Saxon, Treasurer; Charlie Frith, Chair); Nancy Rorex, Stewpot Manager; and Ellen Russel, Secretary.
Stewpot Receives Grant
2018 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS AWARDED TO HUNGER RELIEF AGENCIES ACROSS ARKANSAS
LITTLE ROCK, AR (March 13, 2018) −The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has just finished awarding more than $188,000 in capacity building grants to hunger relief agencies around the state. The grants will help food banks, pantries, shelter, soup kitchens and other agencies increase their ability to serve the food insecure in their communities. Funds for the grants are provided through the State Food Purchase Program of the Arkansas Legislature.
Capacity building grants may be used to purchase appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and stoves as well shelving, trailers, computers other equipment that will help feed more food insecure people. Grant dollars may not be used for salaries or personnel.
The Little Rock Stewpot received a grant from the Arkansas Hunger Alliance to buy a new stainless-steel refrigerator. Thanks, Arkansas Hunger Alliance. Ed is shown below with the new refrigerator.
Stewpot Kitchen Update
Stewpot Kitchen gets a new lookt. Thanks to Werner Schwarz from Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Stewpot Kitchen has new stainless steel counter tops and a new hand sink. Please be sure to thank Werner.
Stewpot Receives Grant for $4,500
Arkansas Mutual Insurance (and its holding company, Constellation) awarded $64,000 to nonprofit organizations submitted to their selection committee by their employees. One of the main criteria is that employees are personally involved in the organization. Joyce Wilson, with Arkansas Mutual Insurance, serves on the first Wednesday Team with Westover Hills and has submitted, and obtained funds for, Stewpot for the last three 3 years. This year, Arkansas Mutual awarded Stewpot $4500.
Thanks to Arkansas Mutual Insurance (and its holding company, Constellation), and especially to Joyce Wilson.
New Stewpot Team
Baptist Health Physician Partners is a physician led organization with over 250 clinics and 1300 physicians across the state. Our goal is focused on improving the quality and lowering the cost of health care for all Arkansans. BHPP also participates in many health-related events within the community. The BHPP Team is always looking for opportunities to serve. The team immediately recognized the long-standing commitment that Stewpot has demonstrated over the years and wanted to connect with this amazing organization. We are grateful to Jan and Ed for allowing us to participate! This new team servers on the 2nd Tuesday every other month.
4th Wednesday Team
Stewpot's 4th Wednesday Teamfrom the First United Methodist Church of Maumelle serves at Stewpot on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The Team Captain says "I'm not sure how long our church has been involved. I started working with Stewpot about 12 years ago when we served the four fifth Wednesdays. Not long afterwards, the organization that had been serving on the fourth Wednesday bowed out, and we were asked to replace them."
4th Thursday Stewpot Team
The smiling faces pictured below are members of the Fourth Thursday Stewpot volunteers from Grace Presbyterian and FaithSpring Churches. This group of dedicated men and women have come together to offer their time and efforts in serving a hot meal to Little Rock's homeless men, women and children. Coming from two separate faith communities, they share a common mission through the generosity of the Stewpot ministry of First Presbyterian Church providing a hot lunch every weekday to those in need.
Little Caesars Love Kitchen Comes to Stewpot
Little Caesars Pizza brought the Love Kitchen to the Stewpot on Tuesday, May 29th. They arrived about 10:00 a.m. and set up in the church parking lot. They started cooking and brought enough pepperoni and cheese pizzas pizza to serve 225 individuals. Ed was in full control and maintained order, making sure everyone was served before individuals could go back for seconds. Kay Shurgar her husband Jerry and their grandson served ice cold water, ice cream bars and candy to individuals after they had received their pizza. All of the pizza was gone by 12:00 noon. Everyone really enjoy the event and Thanks to Little Caesars Pizza.
Stewpot Feeds Special Group
On Monday, June 11, about thirty members of the Arkansas Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) ate and talked with Stewpot diners. The PPC folks thoroughly enjoyed conversation at the tables, shared names and stories, and heard clients tell of challenges they face.
Challenges included lack of transportation to work or medical appointments, difficulty to see a doctor, and separation of parents from their children. The conversations gave the visitors some insight to help them understand the PPC theme of the week: "Everybody's Got the Right to Live: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, and Housing." The Poor People's Campaign is grateful to Stewpot director Nancy Rorex and an Episcopal church cook/serve team for their hospitality -- and Great Food!
Clothes Closet Update
Charlie Frith picked up shoes from Fleet Feet Easy Runner Sports Store in Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, and Ray Koone picked up shoes from the Go Running Shoe Store in the Heights and delivered them to the Stewpot. The shoe shelves in the Closet Closet are full, at least until the next Thursday rolls around. Barbara and Carl are shown in the photo below with the full shelves.