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!
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.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County hosted its second annual Steps Toward Health Community Event on May 16th at the Food Pantry in Fort Davis. Everyone had a chance to learn about improving eating habits, and about how to prevent or live with diabetes. They had their blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol tested for FREE at the health fair. Understanding that that two out of every three Americans are overweight or obese, learning about your numbers can help you start your path to healthfulness by having a base number, whether young or older. This knowledge can guide you in how to manage your health and the choices you should make in your diet and life style.
Bob Rice, Family Nurse Practitioner, spoke about preventing and living with diabetes and hypertension. He helped to explain about carbohydrates and your diet. Fun, tasty and healthy foods were served, and several ideas on easy ways to exercise were shared.