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Helping Center of Marble Falls Food Pantry Needs Holiday Meal Staples

The several thousand pounds of food collected during The Picayune/KBEY Food Drive at the Marble Falls Fire Rescue station Nov. 8 will last two weeks at The Helping Center, according to Sam Pearce, the center’s executive director. With school districts closing Nov. 20-24 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 18-Jan. 1 for Christmas and New Year’s, Pearce said the center needs more donations to ensure hungry residents have food to eat. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — Sam Pearce, the executive director of The Helping Center of Marble Falls, looked at several several boxes and bags filled with food and noted that amount would stay on the shelves for two weeks.

While he was grateful for the donations, he said this time of year is challenging because the center wants to be able to give holiday bags filled with a turkey or ham and all the fixings to every family in need.

Of the 13 items that go into the holiday bags, the Capital Area Food Bank only had four available for purchase. That means The Helping Center staff is asking for donations of boxed stuffing mix, Jiffy brand cornbread mix, cake mixes, canned sweet potatoes, containers of mixed fruit, packets of turkey gravy, cream of mushroom soup, fried onion rings, and chicken broth.

“We’ve already spent $3,000 this month supplementing the items,” Pearce said. “A lot of items we have to have, and they’re not available from the food bank.”

The reason is because of Hurricane Harvey. The demand on food banks is higher than usual right now, Pearce said.

The holiday food bags are staples of traditional meals, which the staff wants to provide to local families in need, the director said.

In addition to the holiday meal needs, Pearce said the center also could use spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, egg noodles, soup, chili, Ramen noodles, canned meats, and breakfast cereal.

When children are out of class for the holidays, they’re not getting regular school breakfasts and lunches.

Drop off donations at the center, 1315 Broadway in Marble Falls, from 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays.

Call (830) 693-5689 for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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