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Winners of Coolest 4th Contests and Raffles

i Jul 5th No Comments by

Winners Galore at Food Pantry Booth:

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Our community’s talented bakers submitted 19 entries into the Food Pantry’s Annual Pie Contest. Pie lovers eagerly waited in line on Saturday to buy a slice of their favorite pie made by their favorite baker. As usual, there were many amazing flavors for people to enjoy. This year we celebrated our bakers with 12 prizes: First place – Pineapple Chess by Caroline Jayes (Carla Kennedy’s granddaughter), Second Place – Vegan Jeff Davis by Evelyn Glaspie, Third Place – Rhubarb by Evelyn Glaspie, Honorable Mention – Granola Crunch by Hannah Jayes (Carla Kennedy’s granddaughter), Most-Like-Grandma’s – Apple by Nataly Rostopchin, Fruitiest – Blueberry by Bette Thomas, Most Interesting – Salted Caramel Apple by Pam Breithaupt, Best Crust – Granny Smith Apple by Linda Hedges, Applicious – Apple by OIga Hamilton, Cutie-pie – Apple Peach by Lily Dyar, Most Local – Fort Davis Plum by Mary Beth Manhart and Sweetie-pie – Kentucky Derby by Gabbi Dyar.

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We had many generous business sponsors contribute to our Annual Raffle making it possible to have 31 raffle winners. The sponsors and winners were: Big Bend Coffee to Reynolds Cushman, Cora Grand and Ginger McGough, Blue Mountain Bistro to Warren Shetrone, Blue Water Natural Foods to Pam Breithaupt, Buns & Roses to David McGlothin, Capri to Ellen Weinacht, Chop’d to Mary Fenton, Convenience West to Donna Shetrone, Cueva de Leon to Fred Harmon, Dolce far Niente to Fonda Ghiardi and Linda Curley, Frama/Plaine to Sam Sneed, La Casita to Bill Maline, La Venture to Craig Nance and Amy Roland, Mando’s to Elaine Harmon, Mi Casita to Maria Dutchover, Pizza Foundation to Lonn Taylor, Porter’s Thriftway to Debbie Billing, Squeeze Marfa to Kerith Hurley, Star Date Café to Brian Hutchins, Stellina to Anthony Foster, Stone Village Market to Robert Kinsell, The Get Go to Sally Stump, Tri-la-Bite to Blaine Hall and Judy Reichelderfer and Village Farm Tomatoes to Condra Zimdars, Charlie Mayer and Mike Murphy. Our special Weekend Getaway raffle, for two nights at The Lodge in Cloudcroft, NM with a golf package, was won by the lucky Mimi McLemore.

A beautiful Trek bicycle, with all the extras, was donated to the Food Pantry by Ellen Weinacht. The bicycle was turned into a silent auction item and was won by Anne Adkins. We look forward to seeing Anne pedaling down the road!

We thank everyone who supported The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, a 501(3)c non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing nutritious food. The Food Pantry of JDC is an equal opportunity employer.

THANKS SO MUCH!

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*photos by Maryann and Marc Eastman

Introducing: The Mount Livermore Hunger Challenge

i May 8th No Comments by

davis-mts-600x4001.jpgThe Food Pantry kicks off a brand new fundraiser: the Mount Livermore Hunger Challenge.

This fundraiser, to benefit the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, held October 6, 2018, the first Saturday in October, will include a climb up Mount Livermore, the highest peak in Jeff Davis County, as well as a guided nature hike for those who are not climbers. This is a unique opportunity to gain access to our iconic mountain via the Davis Mountains Preserve, managed by The Nature Conservancy.

Climbers and hikers pay a registration fee of $50 to help cover direct costs of the event and are required to raise a minimum of $250 in donations for the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County. Volunteers contribute their time performing crucial behind-the-scenes jobs.

The day starts out with breakfast being served at 7:30 a.m. in the McIvor Center. The climb and hike will begin at 8:00 a.m. Sack lunches will be provided. Please bring any special food you may want. We will provide bottled water.

The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Extra Choices – You may camp out on Friday night and Saturday night. You may pitch your tent near the McIvor Center and have access to the toilets and showers. There are also 12 bunk beds (bedding needed) inside which are available for $10 per night. The cabin has three twin beds in the loft and two  full size beds downstairs. It may be rented for $1,000.

If you plan to stay overnight, you may arrive at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and leave by 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Wherever you stay, please be sure you leave the space as clean as it was before you got there and observe trail etiquette at all times.

We look forward to seeing you!

Food Pantry Director Receives Regional Award

i Aug 23rd No Comments by

Fort Davis, TX:  –  Tex Harrison, Executive Director of the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County has been named top food pantry director in the region by the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) in Midland/Odessa. The Wade Kuehler Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service as director of a WTFB food distribution partner.  Tex Harrison has led the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County (Food Pantry) since 2009, after serving as a volunteer and board member Under her leadership, the Food Pantry has initiated the leading edge “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program, the “choice” pantry concept and the Valentine choice pantry location.

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Greg Clark (left) and Kelly Dirden (right) presenting award to Tex Harrison (ctr)

The WTFB is a source for food for 65 hunger-relief organizations in 19 West Texas counties. On August 10, Greg Clark, Regional Operations Manager, and Kelly Dirden, Program Director from the WTFB, hosted a lunch at the Food Pantry’s Brenda and John Bell Distribution Center to present the award to Harrison and to provide training to regional pantry directors. Attendees learned about the rules and regulations of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) regarding the distribution of USDA foods to eligible households. Board President Susan Penney and Board Member Margaret O’Donnell from Fort Davis attended.

Through the Healthy Food, Healthy Lives program, the Food Pantry strives to provide the healthiest foods available through the WTFB, local grocers and other sources. A primary focus for healthy food choices is the Children’s School Lunch Program that fills the gap left by the absence of cafeterias and federal lunch programs in Fort Davis ISD and Valentine ISD. Families with school age children choose from a variety of lunch foods including sandwich makings, fresh veggies and fruits, cheese and yogurt suitable for a lunchbox. Harrison is careful to purchase foods for children with low sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup. Healthy Food, Healthy Lives has been supported in part by many West Texas area foundations, and scores of individual donations. Harrison and the Pantry’s board of directors believe that everyone should have access to adequate healthy food.

 

 

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County purchases foods with crucial funding from individuals, local businesses and area foundations.

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County alleviates hunger and promotes healthy eating for residents in need.  The Pantry does this by providing nutritious supplemental food, school lunch foods to families with school age children, and nutrition information. For more information about the Food Pantry, eligibility for services, and the “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program, call 432-426-3886 or e-mail info@foodpantry-jdc.org.

2017 Coolest Fourth Pie Contest

i Aug 23rd No Comments by


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The annual Pie Contest hosted by the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is becoming a well-loved and
greatly-anticipated event, evident by the 18 beautiful pie entries we received.  Hungry pie lovers stood in line at the Food Pantry’s booth anxiously waiting their turn to purchase their favorite pieces of these yummy pies.  Our judges said that this year’s pie entries were some of the best yet – even with the stiff competition, the resulting scores were all very close.  After all the tasting and judging was completed, the judge’s efforts yielded the following winning pies:  Bette Thomas – First Place with her famous Blueberry Pie;  Pam Breithaupt – Second Place with her original Rustic Lime Pie; Maria Gloria

2017_CoolestFourth_HappyCustomersThe generosity of people both making pies and buying pies is always amazing, making this fundraisernot just fun – but successful too.  However, on Saturday evening, a micro-burst of wind passed through downtown Fort Davis and damaged significant property in its path.  Sadly,
the Food Pantry’s tents were destroyed and now they need to be replaced.  If you’d like to help us replaDutchover – Third Place with her fresh Apple Pie and Mary Beth Manhart – Most Original with her, well, most original Grapefruit Piece our tents by making a donation, you can click on “donate” on various pages on this website (designate in the comments “TENTS,” or by mail to:  Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, PO Box 244, Fort Davis, TX  79734.  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.

1st Place - Bette Thomas

1st Place – Bette Thomas

2nd Place - Pam Breithaupt

2nd Place – Pam Breithaupt

3rd Place - Maria Gloria Dutchover

3rd Place – Maria Gloria Dutchover

Most Original Pie - Beth Manhart

Most Original Pie – Beth Manhart

Wheels & Heels for Meals a Great Success!

i Nov 3rd No Comments by

So close! Tex Harrison, Executive Director of the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, has announced that last weekend’s Wheels and Heels for Meals bicycle ride/walk has brought in $29,000 of the $30,000 goal set for the event.

More than 30 participants rode bicycles along the Fort Davis to Valentine route or walked from the Food Pantry to the Historic Fort to bring in funds for what has become the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. More than half of the participants traveled from San Antonio and Houston to support the event.

Donors wishing to help fill the $1000 gap between funds raised and the goal can visit the website, www.foodpantry-jdc.org to make a contribution.

Next year, organizers plan to expand the walk route to include a nature walk. The 2017 Wheels & HEELS for Meals date is, as always, the first Saturday of October, which will be October 7, 2017.

The next fundraising event for the Food Pantry is the annual Harvest Bowl on Saturday, November 12 from 5 to 7 pm. The community is invited to the Food Pantry’s Brenda and John Bell Distribution Center on Compromise Street in Fort Davis. In addition to the opportunity to enjoy an “all-you-can-eat” selection of gourmet soups, chili, homemade bread, desserts and beverages, live music will be included. Pottery from artisans Richard Reinberg, Janet Stewart, Karen Nakakihara, and Linda Duncan will be available for purchase.

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s mission is to help all the families in need in our area. In total, the non-profit organization serves about 20% of the families in our county from distribution sites in Fort Davis and Valentine.

55 Winners in Food Pantry Drawing

i Jul 27th No Comments by

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.

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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.

Sweet Results at Pie Contest

i Jul 27th No Comments by

2016CF_AnneWPosterHungry 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.

Harvest Bowl a Great Success

i Nov 17th No Comments by

A record breaking crowd of over 180 people from Fort Davis, surrounding areas and travelers coming through town gathered at the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County for the annual Harvest Bowl Soup Supper. They enjoyed a wide variety of soups, wonderful breads and grand desserts made at home by some of our county’s best cooks.  Along with the price of a meal ticket, guests had other opportunities to support the wor
k of the Food Pantry -beautifully crafted pottery bowls donated by Janet Stewart, Karen Nakakihara, Terra Peters, Pauline Hernandez and Richard Reinberg were for sale and drawing tickets could be bought. Joy Moore won the $100 gift certificate from Porter’s, Don Poindexter won the $50 certificate from Stone Village Market, Victoria Lowe won the $25 certificate from Blue Water Natural Foods and Tammy Files won a pecan pie baked by Susan Penney.

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For the first time, The Texas Forest Services and the Nature Conservancy joined us in the holiday spirit by offering free Ponderosa Pine seedlings. Pam and Will Harte donated the soil testing kits helpful for growing the seedlings. The Nature Conservancy also provided free firewood to those in need. There will be supplies of firewood outside the Food Pantry at 609 Compromise Street all winter.

The huge attendance and outpouring of support at the Harvest Bowl raised enough to purchase food for an entire month. The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County alleviates hunger and promotes healthy eating for our residents in need. We do this through donations and support from people like you.

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