Fort Davis, TX: – Tex Harrison, Executive Director of the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County has been named top food pantry director in the region by the West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) in Midland/Odessa. The Wade Kuehler Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service as director of a WTFB food distribution partner. Tex Harrison has led the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County (Food Pantry) since 2009, after serving as a volunteer and board member Under her leadership, the Food Pantry has initiated the leading edge “Healthy Food, Healthy Lives” program, the “choice” pantry concept and the Valentine choice pantry location.
The WTFB is a source for food for 65 hunger-relief organizations in 19 West Texas counties. On August 10, Greg Clark, Regional Operations Manager, and Kelly Dirden, Program Director from the WTFB, hosted a lunch at the Food Pantry’s Brenda and John Bell Distribution Center to present the award to Harrison and to provide training to regional pantry directors. Attendees learned about the rules and regulations of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) regarding the distribution of USDA foods to eligible households. Board President Susan Penney and Board Member Margaret O’Donnell from Fort Davis attended.
Through the Healthy Food, Healthy Lives program, the Food Pantry strives to provide the healthiest foods available through the WTFB, local grocers and other sources. A primary focus for healthy food choices is the Children’s School Lunch Program that fills the gap left by the absence of cafeterias and federal lunch programs in Fort Davis ISD and Valentine ISD. Families with school age children choose from a variety of lunch foods including sandwich makings, fresh veggies and fruits, cheese and yogurt suitable for a lunchbox. Harrison is careful to purchase foods for children with low sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup. Healthy Food, Healthy Lives has been supported in part by many West Texas area foundations, and scores of individual donations. Harrison and the Pantry’s board of directors believe that everyone should have access to adequate healthy food.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County purchases foods with crucial funding from individuals, local businesses and area foundations.
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County alleviates hunger and promotes healthy eating for residents in need. The Pantry does 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Pie Contest hosted by the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County is becoming a well-loved and
greatly-anticipated event, evident by the 18 beautiful pie entries we received. Hungry pie lovers stood in line at the Food Pantry’s booth anxiously waiting their turn to purchase their favorite pieces of these yummy pies. Our judges said that this year’s pie entries were some of the best yet – even with the stiff competition, the resulting scores were all very close. After all the tasting and judging was completed, the judge’s efforts yielded the following winning pies: Bette Thomas – First Place with her famous Blueberry Pie; Pam Breithaupt – Second Place with her original Rustic Lime Pie; Maria Gloria
The generosity of people both making pies and buying pies is always amazing, making this fundraisernot just fun – but successful too. However, on Saturday evening, a micro-burst of wind passed through downtown Fort Davis and damaged significant property in its path. Sadly,
the Food Pantry’s tents were destroyed and now they need to be replaced. If you’d like to help us replaDutchover – Third Place with her fresh Apple Pie and Mary Beth Manhart – Most Original with her, well, most original Grapefruit Piece our tents by making a donation, you can click on “donate” on various pages on this website (designate in the comments “TENTS,” or by mail to: Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, PO Box 244, Fort Davis, TX 79734. 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.
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!