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Picayune/KBEY Food Drive Brings in Thousands of Pounds of Food, Thousands of Dollars

The Picayune’s Amber Weems (left) and Mandi Wyatt (right) along with Marble Falls Fire Rescue Capt. Coy Guenter (second from right) present check and cash donations to The Helping Center of Marble Falls Executive Director Sam Pearce and volunteer Carol Ware. The money and food donations were collected during The Picayune/KBEY Food Drive on Nov. 8.

MARBLE FALLS — With a hard, cold, and wet wind blowing across the Highland Lakes on Nov. 8, it looked as if Mother Nature might have something against The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive.

“You know, it was cold and wet, but Highland Lakes residents have such warm and giving hearts that the weather just didn’t seem to bother them when it came to helping out their neighbors,” said Mandi Wyatt, The Picayune associate publisher and KBEY sales manager. “I think it just showed how much this community cares about each other, and they’re not going to let some cold weather stop them.”

The annual food drive, which set up collection boxes at several Highland Lakes businesses as well as holding live drop-offs from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8, turned in big numbers.

During the drive, people dropped off 5,700 pounds of food and $4,306 at the Marble Falls Fire Rescue site. Those donations went to The Helping Center of Marble Falls.

At the Burnet Fire Department, folks donated 3,552 pounds of non-perishable food and another $5,454. Those donations went to Lakes Area Care (LACare) in Burnet.

“This is the first year we expanded the food drive to Granite Shoals to benefit Joseph’s Food Pantry, and we got some nice donations there as well,” Wyatt added. “It’s something we can build on in the Granite Shoals community.”

The food drive brought out some friendly competition among schools and fire departments, but everyone understood the reason behind it.

“We know there are people here in our community, right here in the Highland Lakes, who go hungry or don’t always know where their next meal might be coming from,” Wyatt said. “These food pantries are such a blessing and benefit for those who need them. This food drive is one way we can support the food pantries, but more importantly, we can help out the people here in our own communities.”

While 2017 food drive is in the books, Wyatt urged people not to forget about the area food pantries.

“There is no time of the year the food pantries take off or shut their doors because someone always needs a little help,” she said. “I hope people remember that today, next week, next month and next year, and help out the food pantries.”


Highland Lakes food pantries could always use cash or food donations. To help, go to:

The Helping Center of Marble Falls, 1315 Broadway St. in Marble Falls, (830) 693-5689

Joseph’s Food Pantry, 706 N. Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals, (830) 220-2344

LACare food pantry, 507 Buchanan Drive in Burnet, (512) 756-4422

Sharing the Harvest, 3425 RR 1431 West in Kingsland, (325) 388-0620

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