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.
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.
Wendy Burrow’s prize winning Peach Sour Cream Pie was a huge success and she was kind enough to share the recipe. Try it for yourself and see why it received the top honor. Don’t forget to join us for next year’s contest and see which recipe earns the first prize. Maybe it will be yours!
No-Fail Pie Dough
1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (6 ¼ ounces)
½ teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (¾ stick), cut into ¼ -inch slices
¼ cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 2 pieces
2 tablespoons vodka, cold
2 tablespoons cold water
1. Process ¾ cups flour, salt, and sugar together in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses.
2. Add butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 10 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds with some very small pieces of butter remaining, but there should be no uncoated flour).
3. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade.
4. Add remaining ½ cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses.
5. Empty mixture into medium bowl.
6. Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture.
7. With rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together.
8. Flatten dough into 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
Peach Sour Cream Filling
¾ – 1 cup white sugar (Depending the sweetness of the peaches
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sliced peaches, in large chunks
1 unbaked pie crust
⅓ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup butter, softened
¼ cup oats
1. Preheat oven to 400. Have a sheet pan in the oven preheating ( this prevents soggy crust)
2. Whisk together the ¾ to 1 cup sugar, 2 T flour, ¼ salt. Mix in sour cream, egg, vanilla, and peaches. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
3. Put on preheated cookie sheet in oven. Bake for 12 minutes then lower temp to 350. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until filling is set.
4. Remove pie and raise oven back to 400 degrees
5. Mix ⅓ cup sugar, cinnamon, oats, and butter together until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the pie. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Cool slightly and dig in.
Hope you enjoy it!
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County had amazing entries for their pie contest held on Saturday morning, July 5. Wendy Burrow won first place with a peach sour cream pie. Toni Case came in second with her cherry pie. Third place was shared by Mary Ann Jarrett with her pineapple coconut chess pie and Hannah Kirkpatrick’s savory entry, gluten free pizza pie. After the contest, individual pieces of the pies were sold as a fundraiser for the pantry.
This year’s Individual Volunteer of the Year award goes to Dr. Janet Greathouse. Besides working full-time as our county veterinarian, she enthusiastically offers help to neighbors who need supplemental food for their families. On Saturdays you will see her with her magnetic smile helping everyone with their grocery selections. Dr. Greathouse is the organizer of a new event, “Steps Toward Health” an outreach health fair on May 17th at the Food Pantry. Recently was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Food Pantry.
Our Couple Volunteer of the Year award goes to Susan and Jerry Pittman. Susan and Jerry generously donate the time to drive the commodities to Valentine for the bi-monthly distributions. They also unload, sort and shelve groceries in Fort Davis. Their efforts also are seen at the Wheels/Heels for Meals and Harvest Bowl fundraisers.
Brenda Bell receives award for 1-1/2 decades of service to the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County honored Brenda Bell at the Pilot Club’s annual volunteer luncheon in honor of her fifteen years of dedication to starting, growing and tending this crucial service for our poorest county residents. The luncheon was held in Alpine on Monday, April 29, just one day after Brenda and her husband, John, moved from Fort Davis to their new home in Portland, Oregon.
When Brenda and John arrived in Fort Davis in 1998, Brenda wondered where to bring food for those who were hungry – and was told no one was hungry in Jeff Davis County. Fortunately, with the help a few dedicated volunteers, Brenda established the Food Pantry as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2000, championed the cause, raised funds, and oversaw the construction of the impressive building that currently houses the Pantry’s offices and food storage and is the location for semi-monthly food distributions.
In 2012, the Pantry served a monthly average of 605 individuals from an average 228 households, more than 25% of the county’s residents. These households typically have fewer than three people and earn an average of $13,866, about $5,000 less than the Federal poverty threshold. The Pantry is the only source of supplemental food in JDC, and provides luncheon foods for about 60 school-age children who have no other free/low-cost lunch available. The Pantry purchases food with community-donated funds from the West Texas Food Bank and local grocers.
Brenda may have moved away from the Big Bend, but she has left a very large footprint in the area.
Ginny Crippen has helped bag and distribute food twice a month for the Food Pantry for many years. In the last five years, she has helped the school children select their luncheon food. Since the school district in Fort Davis does not supply lunch, the Food Pantry provides lunch fixings for the children of its clients. Ginny also helps out with our fundraisers including Wheels for Meals and the Harvest Bowl. We have a working Food Pantry in Jeff Davis County because of constant support from Ginny Crippen.
Lupe Rubio is the first person to receive this award twice. She has volunteered at the Food Pantry since its inception in 1998. It has been ten years since her last volunteer of the year award and she is still assisting twice a month! She does everything and anything that needs doing – with a smile. She helps unload the delivery truck on Fridays, distribute the food on Saturdays and participates in all of the fundraising events. She is ready to help anyone with a question in either Spanish or English. Truly, because of Lupe’s generous assistance, there is a Food Pantry in Jeff Davis County. We thank Lupe from the bottom of our hearts.