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The Picayune/KBEY food drive is Friday, Nov. 11

The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive returns Nov. 11 to benefit The Helping Center of Marble Falls and LACare of Burnet. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — While Nov. 11 is still a few weeks away, we’re hoping you start thinking about helping your neighbors during the annual The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive benefiting The Helping Center of Marble Falls and LACare of Burnet.

Plus, Marble Falls and Burnet first responders are, once again, getting behind the food drive as well.

The 2016 food drive will be held in Marble Falls and Burnet, so there might be a little friendly rivalry going on behind the scenes on which town can raise the most money and food donations.

The food drive is 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11, which is also Veterans Day, so we’re also asking local veterans to stop by the two locations and let folks meet you, shake your hands, and and say, “thank you” at the two locations: H-E-B, 1503 RR 1431 in Marble Falls, and the Burnet Fire Station, 2002 S. Water (U.S. 281) in Burnet.

In Marble Falls, the Marble Falls Fire Rescue is joining the food drive effort along with some of the folks from the Marble Falls Area EMS and the Marble Falls Police Department.

The Burnet firefighters and paramedics are getting into the act as well. And you can probably expect the Burnet Police Department to make a few stops during the food drive because everyone knows how they love to help the community.

Last year, the Marble Falls food drive collected 906 pounds of food and $896 for The Helping Center of Marble Falls. The center provides support for people in the Marble Falls and surrounding areas.

In Burnet, folks donated 790 pounds and $1,009, which went to LACare, a food bank that provides support for people who live within the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Area (but not restricted to those with students).

The Picayune associate publisher Mandi Wyatt said the bar was set high by last year's totals, but she’s confident the community will respond this year.

“I don’t think there’s a more giving and caring community in the country, or even the world,” she said. “Whenever there’s a need, whether it’s someone who just lost their home to a fire or helping feed their neighbors, the people in the Highland Lakes step up. It’s just the way people are here in the Highland Lakes.”

As the 2016 The Picayune/KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune Food Drive nears, you can read more about it in The Picayune, hear about it on KBEY, and learn more on both of those entities' Facebook pages.

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