Natchez Stewpot thankful for support

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 21, 2018

We have a lot to be thankful for at the Stewpot! Generous donations of money, equipment and labor have our facility looking and functioning better than ever.

The dining room got a fresh coat of paint and local artists have donated beautiful artwork for the walls.

Much-needed plumbing updates have been completed. We added several dedicated volunteers who are delivering meals, cleaning the facility, organizing the food pantry, picking up litter and helping out wherever needed.  It takes many faithful servants to keep the Stewpot running, and we are blessed with help from all facets of our community. 

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The Natchez Stewpot opened in 1984 with the mission to feed the hungry and to provide volunteer opportunities. We serve 300 hot meals a day, seven days a week. Two-thirds of the meals are delivered to the elderly and disabled. Our dining room is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday. All are welcome to come and enjoy a hot meal.

The Stewpot is funded through donations from churches, civic groups and individuals. It takes about $9000 per month to cover the costs of food and paper products, utilities, payroll for two employees and building and equipment maintenance.

Fifteen local churches support the Stewpot with the commitment of a monthly contribution, and a number of others donate at least once per year. Please encourage your church leadership to prayerfully consider a monthly contribution to the Stewpot.  No amount is too small. Your support will ensure the Stewpot will continue its mission tomorrow, next year and in the future. 

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are thankful for the hands that prepare the meals and for the patrons that we serve. We are thankful for our volunteers and benefactors, past and present and are grateful to be a part of this loving and generous community.

If you would like to get involved, we would love to have you on board. Monetary donations can be sent to Post Office Box 298, Natchez, MS 39121.

Donations of food can be dropped off at 69 East Franklin Street from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. We accept leftovers from parties and events. Another way to help is to organize a food drive in the summer months when our supply is low. For more information, please visit our website,, or call me at 601-807-2654.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda Jeansonne is director of the Stewpot.