Taste of Sweetwater 2013


April 19, 2013

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Door prizes given at ToS
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Devon Challis is shown spinning the ticket hopper for door prizes to be given away at the annual Taste of Sweetwater last year. Also shown is Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) Director Tonya Challis.
Two children’s bicycles were given away at last year’s Taste of Sweetwater. Bike winners were Kaden Stone and Marsela Saenz.
The Sweetwater Reporter Would Like To Congratulate
On Their 27th Annual Taste Of Sweetwater
112 W. 3rd Street • Sweetwater, Texas 79556
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Taste of Sweetwater is Monday, April 9
Everything is sweet in Sweetwater — especially the food. The Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) staff is ready to open the gates at the 27th Annual Taste of Sweetwater (ToS) on Monday, April 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex. About 25 local restaurants are participating in the yearly culinary extravaganza. Each business will have its own table set up where patrons may indulge in selected delectables until there is none left to serve. The event is hosted by Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) as a benefit for the organization. SNAP offers many things to the seniors and shut-ins of Sweetwater. The center, which is located at 1701 Elm, is a place for senior citizens to come together for conversation, games and other activities, which include, but are not restricted to, playing pool, cards, dominoes, quilting and working jigsaw puzzles. The participants also have the opportunity to play bingo two times each month. In addition to these activities, SNAP participants and employees take trips to events such as Hee-Haw in Sagerton, concerts and plays. The most important role SNAP has in Sweetwater and Roscoe is providing hot, nutritious meals for seniors The Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) center is currently under con- and adults with disabilities. SNAP currently delivers struction. Meanwhile, meals and activities can be enjoyed in the metal building next approximately 175 meals every weekday to the homebound through Meals on Wheels. SNAP also serves to the old SNAP building. Shown enjoying a game of pool are Nan Powell and Gene • See SNAP page 3 Heath.
Scenes from the 26th Annual Taste of Sweetwater
Many door prizes were donated by area businesses for the Taste of Sweetwater last year. Shown are Mark Rawlings and SNAP Director Tonya Challis giving door prizes at the annual Taste of Sweetwater.
Richard Cuellar gives one of the children’s door prizes to Elizabeth Palacios at the annual Taste of Sweetwater last year.
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Many members of the community showed their support for the local Meals on Wheels program by attending the annual Taste of Sweetwater on Monday, April 9, 2012. Shown are Glenn and Betty Wortham at the event.
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Community shows support for Meals on Wheels program
The community of Sweetwater once again stepped to the plate to help those in need. The Nolan County Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP), held the 26th Annual Taste of Sweetwater at the Nolan County Coliseum annex building. Over 20 local food establishments participated in last year’s event, with all types of food represented. According to SNAP director, Tonya Challis, the crowd numbered at about 300 and helped to raise about $3,100 for the non-profit organization. SNAP feeds nearly 200 seniors per day either through home delivery or at its Elm Street location. Challis said that more and more people need SNAP’s services as the economy takes hits and food prices continue to rise. “The money we raised helps offset the difference between what the state pays and what it actually costs to feed them the meals,” she said. Challis gives credit to all the businesses and people who made last year’s event possible saying, “Everybody was great. The vendors that showed up, all my volunteers, and everyone who came to eat. It took us all to make it happen.” SNAP is always in need of volunteers and donations. According to Challis, there is a waiting list of seniors who want to join the Meals on Wheels program, but can not be added to the routes until more resources are available. For more information on how to help SNAP, contact Challis at 236-6344.
SNAP, continued from Page 2
approximately 35 meals at lot of great vendors this volunteer routes — 16 in unteer to organize fundthe center on a daily basis. year, and they will be pre- Sweetwater and one in raisers, deliver meals and What started out as a city- pared." Roscoe. lead in games and recrefunded program, SNAP’s Many door prizes will be SNAP depends on its ational activities. funding now comes mostly given away at the event, volunteers as much as its Transportation is also from the Texas Department with special drawings state funding, grants and available to those who of Aging and Disability geared towards children. donations. Without the wish to dine at the SNAP Services — about 55 percent. Another three percent comes from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The Nolan County United Way helps out with another three percent and Nolan County funds provide another one percent. The remaining 38 percent is provided by donations, private contributions, fundraisers, memorials and the City of Sweetwater. With rising enrollment numbers comes rising costs, which is why SNAP holds fundraisers such as the Taste of Sweetwater. "We are glad to have comSenior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) offers many activities to the seniors munity support," Tonya in Sweetwater, including card games at the SNAP center. Shown enjoying a game of Challis, SNAP Director, cards are Evelyn Barnes, Wes Barnes, Wanda Debusk and John Meadows. said. "More and more people need our services, which Volunteers make home help of volunteers, Meals center. A suggested donaincreases our expenses. We rely on fundraisers like delivered meals possible. on Wheels would be non- tion for the meal is $2 for these to get by." These people provide thou- existent. Also, many of the those over the age of 60 Janet Patty, anoth- sands of hours of service recreational activities at and $4 for those who are er organizer and SNAP each year by driving their SNAP are possible because younger. employee, said that there own vehicles and deliver- of volunteers. In fact, many Director Tonya Challis, will be plenty of food to ing meals to the shut-ins people who participate in secretary Janet Patty and go around at the Taste of of Sweetwater and Roscoe. SNAP activities are those clerk Betty Ramos run Sweetwater. "We have a Currently, there are 17 that volunteer. They vol- the center each day. The kitchen staff is made up of food service supervisor Marie Suggs, cook Marsisa Castellanos and kitchen aides Yolanda Ruiz and Teresa Stewart. Richard Cuellar is the van driver providing transportation and delivering meals daily. Whether you have one particular craving to satisfy or you want to sample a bit of everything, $10 gets you in the door to the ToS and you can eat until your full, the food runs out, or the gates close. Seniors get a discount and may enjoy the fun for $6, children 12 and under pay $4, and three years and under get in for free. The SNAP center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and everyone is invited to come eat and/ or meet and socialize with others. SNAP is always looking for volunteers. Anyone interested can call the center at 236-6344. Donations can be made to SNAP, P.O. Box 450, 1701 Elm St., Sweetwater, TX 79556. Challis and Patty urge everyone to come and join in the fun, and bring the whole family — and your appetites.
Many members of the community showed their support for the local Meals on Wheels program by attending the annual Taste of Sweetwater last year. Over 300 people showed up for the event, directly benefitting the program, part of the Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP), delivering hot meals every weekday to almost 200 homebound residents in Sweetwater and Roscoe. About 23 different food establishments were represented at last year’s Taste of Sweetwater, including the local Pizza Hut establishment. Shown are Shantel and Miranda McFaul serving slices of pizza to members of the community attending the event on Monday, April 9, 2012.
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SNAP Presents 26th Annual
Wendy’s Skeet’s Texas Grill Brookshire’s Subway Tita’s Mexican Restaurant Gloria’s Sweet Shop Ben E. Keith Aroma’s Casual Bistro Mexico Lindo Rolls By Me
Taste Of Sweetwater
Proceeds Benefit Senior Programs & Meals On Wheels for Sweetwater
This year at the 27th Annual Taste of Sweetwater, everyone will be a winner. Aside from the usual fare consisting of great food from just about every restaurant in Sweetwater, many great door prizes will be handed out. The SNAP staff, who serve as coordinators for the event, would like to extend a special thank you to the following individuals and businesses who donated cash and items to be given away:
SILVER SPONSORS: Frank Connard, Bennett & Associates, Germania Insurance, John Young, Roscoe State Bank GOLD SPONSORS: Hendrick Health Systems, Lance Hall, McCoy Funeral Home, Sweetwater Steel, First Financial Bank, Aspen Electric, Harp Vending, Davis Tax Service, Texas National Bank, Ludlum Measurements, Rainbolt Auto Sales, Black Plumbing DOOR PRIZES: Neal’s Restaurant, Bahlman Cleaners, Jack’s Liquor, 7-11 Auto Supply, The Medicine Place, Nolan Furniture, Dale Martin, Allen’s Fried Chicken, Today’s Headlines, The Salon, Sonic, State Farm Doug Sitter, Sears, Harp Vending, Advantage Office Supply, Gallery Furniture, Neal’s Restaurant, J.J. Hair, Bealls, Gems & Gold, 99¢ Store, AutoZone, Sweetwater Floral, Julie Squires, Allen’s Family Style Meals, Tractor Supply, O’Reilley’s Auto Parts, KXOX
DeCoty Coffee
Buck’s Steak & Bar-B-Que
Bee’s Decor & Catering
Monday, April 8, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Pepper
Nolan County Coliseum Annex
Adults $10
(Over 12)
Plate Pickup Here
Children $4 Seniors $6
(12 & Under) (60 & Over)
Golden Chick
TSTC The Center
Sweetwater High School
Casa Morales
Personally Yours
Retta Mae’s Home Style Cooking
Hoyt House
Taco Bell
Pizza Hut
Rockin’ S Cantina
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