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.
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.
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.
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.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County reached its goal of $30,000 which is almost ½ of what it spends on food for those families in need and the lunch food for children of these families since the schools have no lunch programs. Each bike rider and walker raised at least $250 in donations for the Food Pantry.
The Food Pantry is grateful to these wonderful sponsors for this event. “Under-Rider”: West Texas National Bank; “Big Wheels”: Alpine Avalanche, Duncan Bressler & Liu, Inc., Fred Jones Family Foundation, Margaret O’Donnell and Rick Herrman; “Spokes Persons”: Mountain Dispatch, King Land & Water, Pace & Associates, Peyton’s Bikes; “Petal Pushers”:Come & Taker It BBQ, Fort Davis State Bank, Fort Davis Veterinary Services, Beth & Larry Francell, Hotel Limpia, Iris Korus, DDS, McKnight Ranch, Debbie & Mike Murphy, Twin Peaks Liquors; “I Walk the Line”: Cyndee & Tom Barnes, Big Bend Regional Hospital, Big Bend Telephone, Bullshirtz, Davis Mountain Nut Company, High Desert Yoga, McDonald Observatory and Talley Reed Insurance Company.
Please mark the date, October 1, 2016 and join the fun next year!
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!