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The Picayune/KBEY Food Drive is Nov. 8

Some of last year’s donations at the Burnet Fire Department for The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive. This year’s event is 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8. See the stories for where to donate. File photo

MARBLE FALLS — Many of us take food for granted. We get up in the morning, eat breakfast, maybe grab a snack a few hours later as we ponder what we’re going to have for lunch. Then, at 3 p.m. or so, we nibble on something while we contemplate our dinner options.

Food is just there for a lot of us.

Some Highland Lakes residents wrestle with the reality of not having three meals a day. If they do, sometimes it’s very little, not anywhere near the quantity and quality most of us enjoy.

Food security, as it’s sometime referred to, is a real issue in the Highland Lakes.

That’s why The Picayune, KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, the Burnet Fire Department, and Crazy Gals Cafe in Granite Shoals have all teamed up for the annual The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive.

This year’s food drive is 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. You can drop off food or cash donations at Marble Falls Fire Rescue, 700 Ave. N in Marble Falls; the Burnet Fire Department, 2002 S. Water St. in Burnet; or Crazy Gals Cafe, 8037 RR 1431 in Granite Shoals.

The food drive benefits The Helping Center of Marble Falls, LACare in Burnet, and Joseph’s Food Pantry of Granite Shoals.

“This is a great way for the community to come together and support one another,” said Amber Weems, president of KBEY and publisher of The Picayune. “We live in the greatest country in the world, and yet some of our own neighbors worry about their next meal. As their neighbors, it’s up to us to help them out.

“And that’s really what The Picayune/KBEY food drive is all about,” she added.

You can drop of non-perishable food items as well as cash (or checks) at any of the three locations Nov. 8. Several people in the food pantry organizations, however, advise that cash or money donations actually go further because they can purchase food through the Central Texas Food Bank at a lower cost than at a grocery store.

But, Weems pointed, all donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.

“We love that the two fire departments are once again lending their help to the event,” she said. “And with the Crazy Gals location, we get to extend the food drive’s reach, helping Granite Shoals as well.”

If you can’t make it the day of the food drive, several area businesses have food collection boxes set up. Just drop off donations there, and they’ll be distributed to the food pantries.

Those spots include:

Which Wich, 311 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls

Koko FitClub, 1400 RR 1431 in Marble Falls (next to Bealls)

Atkins Pharmacy, 701 Third St. in Marble Falls

• Crazy Gals Cafe, 8037 RR 1431 in Granite Shoals

Paceline Collision Center, 2300 Ninth St. in Marble Falls

• Madlyn’s, 2106 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls

Real Property Management, 407 Main St. in Marble Falls

Bulldog Bodywerks Collision Center, 1304 Buchanan Drive in Burnet

Check and for updates on locations and events.

“Just come out and help us continue to make this the best place to live in the best country in the world,” Weems added. “It’s how much we take care of each other that really makes the Highland Lakes stand out.”

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