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HIGHLAND LAKES VOLUNTEER MEETUP: Mission Marble Falls Needs a Makeover

Head cook Royce Johnson begins each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m. to prepare free, hot lunches at Mission Marble Falls, 408 Avenue R in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Jared Fields

MARBLE FALLS — A hot, home-cooked meal served three days a week with a sacked lunch to take home once a week: That’s what Mission Marble Falls physically provides the community.

But for some?

“It’s the only hot meal these folks get each week,” nonprofit vice president Grant Dean said.

The realization of how much need is in the community is what prompted Dean to get involved when Mission Marble Falls launched four years ago.

“I was really enlightened as far as the need we have in our community,” Dean said.

Mission Marble Falls is in its fourth year as an organization and just a few months into its new location at 408 Avenue R. after launching at St. Frederick Baptist Church.

Volunteers arrive early each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning to begin preparing food for the day. Anyone is welcome to eat from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. You will get a plate of anything from chicken spaghetti to brisket.

Head cook Royce Johnson said Mission Marble Falls might serve up to 150 people per week. Last September, after Hurricane Harvey, the influx of people escaping the storm had the kitchen serving up to 150 people a day.

Officials have great plans for the current facility. Remodeling work already has transformed the building. Previous classrooms inside the Cornerstone Baptist Church building have been converted to dining areas and storage rooms.

Expanding to food service five days a week is the next goal for Mission Marble Falls.

But currently, the need is for volunteers who are willing to paint April 28 as Mission Marble Falls participates in the second Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup on April 28. Volunteers can register in advance at 101HighlandLakes.com/MEETUP and first gather at Chick-fil-A, 2105 U.S. 281, at 9 a.m.

After a light breakfast, volunteers will head to one of three participating nonprofits: Mission Marble Falls, LACare of Burnet, and the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center.

“We’ll provide materials and whatever tools we need to paint the inside of the building,” Dean said about the volunteer day at Mission Marble Falls.

Joining Mission Marble Falls at the April 28 Meetup is an easy way to see what the organization is doing without a long-term commitment. Mission Marble Falls can always use monetary donations, but volunteers at lunch are welcome, too.

Visit missionmarblefalls.com to learn more about volunteering or donating.

jared@thepicayune.com

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