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Natchez hunger organization gets new director

January 30, 2022 GMT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The leader of a Natchez organization that feeds the needy is stepping down.

Natchez native Amanda Ferguson Jeansonne, director of The Stewpot, is moving to Florida along with her husband, the Natchez Democrat reported.

She became director of The Stewpot in 2015.

“God opened this door for me, and I went through it,” she said.

The Stewpot opened on Christmas Day in 1984, when it served 25 meals. Last year, it served about 73,000 meals using private donations of around $100,000. It’s open every day, and runs with the help of two employees and 60 to 70 volunteers.

Marcus Archer, pastor of Crosspoint Church in Natchez, will become director of the organization on March 1. He will also continue as Crosspoint Church pastor.

“We are always urging people to go out and do stuff, put feet to our faith,” Archer said.

Archer “is walking into an amazing group of people,” Jeansonne said.

“One great thing about The Stewpot is all of the different people and different races and churches who embrace it, and everyone gets along,” she said. “There is no agenda other than feeding people.”