Winners of Coolest 4th Contests and Raffles

i Jul 5th No Comments by

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

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 7:00 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!

2015 Coolest Fourth Prize Drawings

i Jul 17th No Comments by
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

i Jul 6th No Comments by

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


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!

i Nov 15th No Comments by

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!


2014 Coolest Fourth – First Place Pie Recipe

i Jul 9th No Comments by

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!

Peach Sour Cream Pie

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!

Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County Adds WALK to Wheels for Meals Event in October

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No Wheels? Use your Heels

Not a bicycle aficionado?  Don’t own a bicycle? The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is adding a charity walk, Heels for Meals, to its 6th annual charity bike ride, Wheels for Meals, taking place on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Walkers will have the opportunity to walk 2, 4, 7 or 10 miles from the Food Pantry at 609 Compromise Street, taking the foot path through town, out to the county park and back, depending on the walker’s chosen distance goal. The walk was added, says Board President, Karen Shew, “to give people an opportunity to raise funds for the Food Pantry who may not ride a bicycle. Adding the walk also coincides with the Pantry’s new “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program that provides healthier food items to clients and emphasizes a healthier life style through exercise.”

Wheels for Meals started in 2009 as a way to raise crucial funds to purchase supplemental foods and school lunch foods for Jeff Davis County residents and build awareness about hunger and the Pantry’s work. Bicyclists also start at the Pantry and may ride 14, 28, 44 or 88 miles on scenic route Hwy 17, to Hwy 166, and proceeding to Valentine on 505 and Hwy 90. Wheels for Meals is a fully supported ride with two “pit stops” and lunch in Valentine. In 2013, the Pantry added the “Princess Tour” for less accomplished riders who are bussed to Bloys Camp and then ride downhill 17 miles to the Food Pantry.  All riders and walkers pay a registration fee and are required to raise $250.00 each, every dollar of which goes directly to support the Food Pantry’s services.

In the 2014 ride, the challenge is out to all riders to ride ALL THE WAY and become an official member of the “Crazy 88s”, and earn a special recognition. In the evening of the day of the ride, all riders, walkers, volunteers and official sponsors are invited to a celebratory cook-out where participants receive recognition for their accomplishments and gratitude from the Food Pantry’s board of directors.

To learn how to ride, walk, volunteer or become an official sponsor, see the Wheels & Heels for Meals page.

Wheels & Heels For Meals Poster

Wheels & Heels For Meals Poster