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Holidays clear shelves at Highland Lakes food pantries; donations needed

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — With the growing number of clients during the holidays, it didn’t take long for the Church of Christ food pantry coordinators to decide to expand their hours.

“We’ve opened up Thursday afternoons for a new window for people who weren’t able to come in the evenings,” food pantry manager Randy Dunagan said. “We do anticipate a higher volume of clients in the coming year. It’s about 15 percent higher since the holiday.”

About half a dozen food pantries from Marble Falls and Granite Shoals to Burnet and Kingsland kept pace with the need during the holidays and count on more giving in the early months of the new year to replenish their supplies.

In the past two months, The Helping Center of Marble Falls experienced an influx of clients who depleted both donations for utility assistance as well as food and household goods.

“Thanksgiving, Christmas (are) a big drain on our food supply at the center. We increase the amount that we distribute during the holiday season, so that leaves us with less on hand to begin the new year,” center coordinator Martin McLean said. “The numbers grow every year because the population of this area is growing.”

The items needed the most for area food pantries include canned meat, nonperishable food items and paper goods.

McLean said he hopes residents will resolve to remember those in need in 2014.

“Don’t forget about us, just because the holiday is over,” McLean said.

connie@thepicayune.com

Food pantries in the Highland Lakes

  • Marble Falls Church of Christ food pantry on Avenue G, across from the Church, 711 Broadway Ave — Open 7 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays
  • The Helping Center, 1315 Broadway in Marble Falls — Serves southern Burnet County and those in need. People should present proof of residency. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 402, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
  • First Baptist Church of Marble Falls food pantry, 501 12th St. in Marble Falls — Open 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Joseph’s Food Pantry, 706 N. Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals — Available to anyone no matter where they live. Gives food every Friday with a prayer at 9 a.m. and distribution 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Gives produce the second Tuesday of each month. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 2021, Granite Shoals, TX 78654.
  • LACare, 507 W. Buchanan Drive in Burnet – Serves people living within the boundaries of Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. Open 2-6 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 1115, Burnet, TX 78611.
  • Bertram Food Pantry, 520 Texas 29, behind Holy Cross Church — Open 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Serves residents of Bertram, Briggs, Oatmeal, Burnet and Liberty Hill.
  • Llano Food Pantry, 1100 Berry St. in Llano — Serves those living in the city of Llano, though officials don’t turn away anyone. Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 204, Llano, TX 78643.
  • Sharing the Harvest, 3435 RR 1431 West in Kingsland — Serves people living in the 78639 ZIP code and in Buchanan Dam, Tow, Sunrise Beach and Horseshoe Bay. It hands out food 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 1137, Kingsland, TX 78639.