Thirty-two tri-county businesses generously donated gift certificates for the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s Annual Drawing at the Coolest 4th celebration in Fort Davis. There were 55 very lucky winners. The business and drawing winners are:
Big Bend Coffee Roasters: (2 certificates) Mercedes Gonzales, S. Perryman
Black Bear Restaurant: Grace Reinberg
Blue Mountain Bistro: (2 certificates) Vicki Gibson, Mary Williams
Blue Water Natural Foods: Liz Rayburn
Buns & Roses: Krysta Johns
Come & Take It BBQ: Jerry Pittman
Cow Dog: Jimmy Bencomo
Cueva de Leon: Margaret Mannchen
Davis Mountain Nut Company: Stephen Alton
El Patio: Javier Cardona
Food Shark (3 certificates): Alicia Garrison, Lupe Dominguez and Tom Granado
Frama: Toni Case
Front Street Books: Flair Chappell
Get Go: Mary Everett
Jett’s Grill: Nancy O’Brian
La Casita (2 certificates): Cindy Spanagel, Joni May
La Trattoria: Mike Murphy
La Venture (2 certificates): Richard Brevard, Bert Geary
Lupita’s Place: Sally Stump
Marfa Maid: Mary Fred
Mando’s: Pam Harte
MaryLou’s Café: Mary Fenton
Mar-pho (3 certificates): Linda Bryant, Ralph Thomas, Scott May
Pizza Foundation: Debbie Billing
Plaine: Bill Maline
Poco Mexico: Ken Durham
Porter’s Thriftway (4 certificates) Betty Prude, Jeff Smith, Linda Hedges, Edna Queen
Reata (2 certificates): Robert Potts, Dr. Carroll
Squeeze Marfa: David Medley
Star Date Café: Allison Bruning
Stellina’s: Craig Nance
Stone Village Market: Adele Coffey
Village Farms (10 certificates): Wanda Olszewski, Matt Shetrone, Diane Brevard, Corina Granado, Elaine Harmon, Ben Velasquez, Don Fox, Linda Edney, Aurie West, Elidia Hartnett.
Support of the Food Pantry helps to assure the chance for healthy and productive lives for those families in need. The Pantry also supplies lunch foods for the children of these families since the county schools do not have lunch programs. The Pantry relies on donations to pay for the food it purchases. All proceeds benefit the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Hungry pie lovers stood in a long line at the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s booth to purchase yummy pieces of pies. This year, the judges said all the pie entries were superb, making their decisions difficult and the resulting scores very close. After all the tasting and judging was completed, the judges’ efforts yielded the following winning pies:
Pam Breithauft – First Place, Chocolate Pecan Pie
Elise Hisler – Second Place, Organic Chocolate Mousse w/Coconut Pie
Bette Thomas – Third Place, Fort Davis Peach Pie
Lupe Rubio – Honorable Mention, Blueberry Pie
The funds raised via the annual Pie Contest directly support the Food Pantry of JDC, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, which is dedicated to providing nutritious food to food-insecure households in Jeff Davis County.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is happy to announce that we will be receiving one pallet of fresh peaches and one pallet of fresh corn on Thursday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. This is open to all people and is on a “First Come” “First Served” basis.
Again we are very fortunate to be on the receiving end of these fresh food deliveries. This is the third one this year. We are needing to get rid of ALL the food as soon as possible. We do not have any storage space to store it. The product is ok now, but will spoil if not used quickly. Please come and pick up what you can.
On Monday afternoon, July 27th, the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County received six pallets of fresh foods which were distributed to anyone who showed up, including Alpine, Marfa and Valentine residents as well as Fort Davis. Most of the food was still in fine condition but needed to be consumed quickly. We did not want it be become part of the 40% that is wasted in our country per day. Our Food Pantry proved that if you can get this food to us, we can USE it. Many people in West Texas know how to can and use fresh foods quickly.
Then, on August 22nd, our Food Pantry received 5,468 pounds of fresh foods from South Texas including watermelon, peppers, tomatoes and carrots. This time it was distributed at our regular distribution time. Again, we proved that food should never go to waste or to the dump. Food Pantries can use fresh foods anytime.
Twenty youth from Sunset United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Texas, along with 7 adults including their pastor, came to help our Food Pantry. They created two beautiful herb gardens. The gardens were planted with herbs for the entire community to use. They also repainted the red doors around the pantry. Everything is now a beautiful GREEN! They worked for two days and accomplished their tasks which actually started a year ago. This group worked for a year to earn the money for the trip and all the supplies that were need for the tasks. We are forever thankful for everyone at Sunset United Methodist Church!
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County drew 22 winners’ names on Sunday at noon at the annual Coolest Fourth celebration. Many of the Big Bend Area establishments offered generous gift certificates and we hope you will support these businesses. Below are the businesses and the corresponding winners selected.
Aubrey Lynn Boutique • Ana Chandler
Big Bend Coffee Roasters • Estefana Granado
Brown Dog Nursery • Terry Holder
Cochineal • Fonda Ghiardi
Davis Mountain Nut Company • Mary Fenton
Cueva de Leon • Cindy Crawford
El Patio • Debbie Billing
Fort Davis Drug Store • Lisa Gandy
Hebert’s Caboose • Edward Dutchover
High Desert Yoga • Cyndee Barnes
Jett’s Grill • Dave Taylor
Lupita’s • Elaine Harmon
Maiya’s • Garrick Stephens
Mando’s • Lulu Lopez
Mary Lou’s • Betsy Burns
Maria Grubb Blankets • Judy
Plaine • Missy Cantrell
Poco Mexico • Richard Masterson
Porters • Richard Reinberg
Porters • Lupe Rubio
Reata • Kathie Woods
Stone Village Market • Carolyn Bullard.
Once again, we had some amazing entries at our Food Pantry’s Annual Pie Contest. The contest coincides with Fort Davis’ Coolest Fourth Celebration over the Fourth of July weekend. Below are the winners chosen.
Pam Breithaupt won First Place with her amazing, most original, Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie. The special touch of chocolate may have made this the winner! Toni Case came in Second Place with the most attractive “American Glory,” cherry/blueberry pie. Third Place went to Tammy Files for the more than traditional American Apple Pie. Honorable Mention was awarded to Edna Inglis who is still baking tasty Pumpkin pies at 93 years old! Pies were sold by the piece to support the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
A big “thank you” to all who baked and supported this year’s Pie Contest.
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.