Winners of Coolest 4th Contests and Raffles

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Winners Galore at Food Pantry Booth:


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.


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.



*photos by Maryann and Marc Eastman

2015 Coolest Fourth Prize Drawings

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22 Winners Chosen at Coolest 4th Drawing

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.

2015 Coolest Fourth Pie Contest Winners

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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.

1st Place - Pam Breithaupt

1st Place – Pam Breithaupt

Toni Case

Toni Case

Tammy Files

Tammy Files

Edna Inglis

Edna Inglis


2015 Steps Toward Health Community Event

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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.



Judge Duer gets her blood glucose tested


Healthy Food


More blood glucose testing

Grand Opening on Valentine’s Day

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The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County Valentine Location ribbon cutting was a great success. Mayor Chuy Calderon, Board President, Karen Shew, and Distribution Coordinator, Maria Grub, all helped cut the ribbon – twice. There was a second cutting when Channel 9 News showed up for the event! Afterwards guests  gathered in the new facility to enjoy Valentine cookie treats and coffee. The West Texas Food Bank in Odessa sent roses for the special occasion. The Beef Love 5K Run on Valentine’s Day in Valentine also donated over 40 packages of beef to the Valentine location.

Would you like to see the interview? Click here to watch the interview: New Food Pantry Opens in Valentine, Texas.


2014 Volunteer Luncheon

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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.


Volunteer lunch Volunteer lunch line Eager volunteers

Harvest Bowl Event Great Fun

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Over 120 people came for homemade soups, fresh breads and an array of desserts at the annual Food Pantry Harvest Bowl.  This year there were 12 different soups from old favorite Lupe Rubio’s Five Star Chili to Catherine Fleming’s new Green Chili Corn Chowder, along with other annual favorites to choose from. The Border Blues played to the packed house while folks dined, bought raffle tickets, shopped for pottery and bid on fine art. There was even a little dancing going on among the always enthusiastic Food Pantry volunteers and board members.

The grand winner of the raffle was soup-maker and volunteer Roseland Klein, who won the $100 gift certificate from Porters/Thriftway. Perry Cozzen won a $25.00 certificate from Stone Village Market, Diane Trevino won a $25.00 certificate from Fort Davis Outfitters. Lynda George won a thanksgiving pie of her choice donated by Susan Penney. Everyone there was a winner with the best all-you-can-eat soup supper ever!

The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County alleviates hunger and promotes healthy eating for residents in need. We do 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

l to r: Roseland & Janet, Isaac

Roseland&Janet  Isaac

l to r: happy soup choices, happy eaters

HappySoupChoice  HappyEaters

l to r: Betty joins Border Blues, Alpine connection

Betty&BorderBlues  AlpineConnection

2014 Wheels & Heels For Meals a Success!

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The vote is in! Everyone had a fabulous time on Saturday at the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County’s Wheels/Heels for Meals charity bike ride and walk. The walkers enjoyed the perfect weather for walking and took the opportunity to walk the dogs featured by Grand Companions around the park. The riders enjoyed their rides from 5 miles to 88 miles. Those who road from the Food Pantry to Valentine and back were rewarded with special “88” tags. But it really did not matter how far anyone road, all agreed they will be back next year having had such a wonderful time. Even the volunteers have posted October 3, 2015 on their calendars. The Food Pantry raised over $23,800, representing about half the amount spent on foods which are distributed free to those families in need twice a month in Fort Davis and Valentine. To volunteer or donate, please call the Food Pantry at 432-426-3886 or check out the Wheels & Heels For Meals page for updates on this year’s event!