The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County Valentine Location ribbon cutting was a great success. Mayor Chuy Calderon, Board President, Karen Shew, and Distribution Coordinator, Maria Grub, all helped cut the ribbon – twice. There was a second cutting when Channel 9 News showed up for the event! Afterwards guests gathered in the new facility to enjoy Valentine cookie treats and coffee. The West Texas Food Bank in Odessa sent roses for the special occasion. The Beef Love 5K Run on Valentine’s Day in Valentine also donated over 40 packages of beef to the Valentine location.
Our wonderful volunteers were treated to a great luncheon prepared by the Board of Directors and staff on January 24th, right after distribution in Fort Davis. They were thanked for their many hours of help to the Pantry and given volunteer certificates. A short discussion of civil rights and confidentiality was held. Our Brenda Bell Volunteer of the Year 2014, Shawn Zimmerman, was announced as well as John and Melanie Pace, Couple Volunteers for 2014. We served a dessert of valentine cookies to remind everyone of the Grand Opening of the Choice Pantry on February 14th at 2:30 PM in Valentine, TX.
Volunteers – community members like you – donate over 1200 volunteer hours every year to the Food Pantry. Volunteers contribute REAL WORK that makes it possible for the Pantry to successfully carry out its mission. Our volunteers are enthusiastic, dedicated to alleviating hunger, and highly reliable. In 2014, we instituted our Volunteer Training and Appreciation Luncheon to take place after distribution, the third Saturday of January. Our volunteers deserve to have the tools they need to be successful in their many tasks. WE THANK YOU ALL!!
When Melanie Pace joined the Board of the Directors as treasurer in 2011, she jumped right in to help out in all the fundraisers. She and her husband John would help set up the tent for the Coolest Fourth event, she joined the Wheels for Meals as a rider and even baked cookies for the Harvest Bowl. Now she and John are busy with their own business, but they still support the Food Pantry with yearly tax preparation.
Shawn is one of those people who takes any job seriously and goes overboard to get it done correctly. She works hard at assisting any person/family who needs extra help. She answers questions and needs even before they are asked. Shawn helps to unload the truck deliveries, pack up the Valentine commodities and assists with the Saturday distributions. Shawn and her smiling face are there when ever needed.