Feeding Minds & Bodies

in Jeff Davis County, Texas

OUR MISSION

Mobile Comunidad is an outreach program of The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County and Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library, in partnership with the Jeff Davis County Library, committed to lifting people up by meeting a variety of social services needs, right where they live.

OUR VISON

Mobile Comunidad will provide information and resources to enrich lives and strengthen our community by delivering library and food pantry resources and other innovative services across the county.

OUR WHY

Jeff Davis County in the Far West Texas desert conjures idyllic images of the remote, wild Davis Mountains, “sky island” terrain, and of the deep starry skies studied at the McDonald Observatory.

But many Jeff Davis County residents experience hunger, isolation, health issues, and depression. 2020’s daunting challenges –a vicious pandemic and crash in oil prices –have doubled down on widespread economic hardship. Spotty cell service and lack of widespread, relia-ble broadband internet access have deepened the divide. It’s a county with an average of one person per square mile and roundtrip dis-tances of up to 500 miles to reach even some basic services. Add to all of that a culture that prides itself on not asking for help, you have a human scenario that stands in stark contrast to the area’s natural beauty.

Recognizing the lack of social services in the region, the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County and Friends of the Jeff Davis CountyLibrary have teamed in a new partnership aimed at lifting people up with an innovative “‘stacked” solution to these devastating problems, meeting their needs where they are.

Building on the library-food pantry partnership developed in 2019 that created a Kids Pantry, the next phase of this successful endeavor is a van, offering a mobile solution that brings the food pantry, library materials, wifi, and access to other services to isolated residents who need them the most.

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY IN RURAL FAR WEST TEXAS

2,200 population

Zero social services

One medical clinic

One grocery store

No daycare or child services

Basic Services up to 300 miles away.

OUR TEAM

Vicki Gibson

Executive Director of the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County

Gwin Grimes

Jeff Davis County Library Director

Jeanine Bishop

President of the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library

Dawn Healey

Program Manager

OUR FUNDERS

the foundations who have given generously to Mobile Comunidad.

OUR PARTNERS

Groups who we work with in programs and services.

Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County

Friends of The Jeff Davis County Library

Jeff Davis County Library

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