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Community comes out big for Picayune-KBEY food drive

TOP: Mandi Wyatt (right) of The Picayune and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune presents a check to The Helping Center of Marble Falls’ Carol Ware (left), Martin McLean and executive director Sam Pearce. BOTTOM: Paula Smith (left), LACare director Lottie McCorkle and Mary Stevens appreciate everything the community donated to the food pantry. Staff photos

MARBLE FALLS — After the dust settled Nov. 11, the Highland Lakes community had demonstrated the tremendous heart it has for its neighbors through The Picayune-KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive.

“All I can say is a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who came out and donated,” said Amber Weems, president of KBEY and publisher of The Picayune. “Again, this community showed how much they care.”

The food drive collected more than 1,600 pounds of food and more than $1,900 in monetary donations. The food and donations were delivered to The Helping Center of Marble Falls and LACare in Burnet.

“Thanks to the generosity of the community, The Helping Center and LACare will be able to help many of our neighbors who may often wonder where their next meal is coming from,” Weems said. “This outpouring is just amazing. It’s one of the reasons we here at KBEY and The Picayune are so proud to call the Highland Lakes our home.”

Through the numerous drop-off locations and KBEY live remotes Nov. 11, the food drive dropped off 906 pounds of food and $896 to The Helping Center of Marble Falls as well as 790 pounds of food and $1,009 to LACare.

This is on top of the many other area food drives benefiting these two and the other Highland Lakes food pantries.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, The Helping Center, LACare and other food pantries are feeling added pressure to help ensure those in need of their services not only get their regular food items but a little extra for the holiday meals.

“Hunger is a real problem here in the Highland Lakes,” Weems added. “So while our food drive is over, people can still make a tremendous difference by continuing to support the area food pantries like The Helping Center and LACare. They always welcome and appreciate donations.”

Weems also expressed her gratitude to the city of Burnet Fire and EMS and the Marble Falls Area EMS for taking time to assist with collecting donations the day of the food drive.

“Donating their time off to help our drive shows their commitment and love for our communities,” Weems added.

Donations can be dropped off at The Helping Center, 1315 Broadway in Marble Falls, and LACare, 507 W. Buchanan Drive in Burnet (located on the grounds of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church).

Monetary donations also may be made at

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