MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) - Volunteers at the Marble Falls Helping Center , a food pantry now serving 500 Highland Lakes families a month, are calling on community members for help as the food supply dwindles and need increases.
The pantry served about 200 families per month in 2010. Now, that number is up to 500 families due to the bad economy and recent wildfires.
"I have never seen it this bad," said Sue Kennedy, the pantry's executive director.
Kennedy said the pantry does not turn anyone away.
"We give them what we can," she said.
The Helping Center typically would buy food by the pound from Capital Area Food Bank. But with the wildfires that happened in Central Texas in September, Kennedy said resources are stretched thin and she is actually heading to local grocery stores and buying food at full price.
Buying food at full price comes with a cost. If donated money is used to purchase food, the center can no longer help families in need pay their utility bills. That means, families will get food but likely go without electricity.
"It is a bad situation, but it will get better," Kennedy added.
Kennedy said Capital Area Food Bank is seeing its stock replenished so the Helping Center is receiving more food. She added that area churches are helping donate food, too, and one woman recently dropped off hams and turkeys.
More donations, however, are needed, especially non-perishable food items.
Items needed include:
- Canned corn
- Canned green beans
- Canned black eyed peas
- Instant potatoes
- Canned chili
- Cake Mixes
Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Center, located at 1315 Broadway Street in Marble Falls.
Sue Kennedy can be reached at 830-693-5689.
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