Residents, food pantries 'stamp out' area hunger

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
LACare Burnet Director Lottie McCorkle (back row, middle) and her staff at the food pantry rely on the community to keep the shelves stocked with foods to distribute to local families in need. The pantry is facing a shortage of kid-friendly foods, and the LACare staff hopes to bring in loads of items children are able to make at home while on summer break, such as Spaghetti-O's, canned meats, and boxed pastas, during this year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive taking place Saturday, May 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Hunger is a growing issue in the Highland Lakes area, and with summertime approaching, the need for food in local homes will grow as well.

As the school year comes to a close, students will find themselves at home for longer periods, and families in need will be faced with the issue of finding more food to get through the day.

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), and local food banks and volunteers will join together and take part in the year’s largest food-drive to provide food for families in need across the nation.

The 27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place this Saturday, May 11, adding to over 1.6 billion pounds of food donated since its beginning in 1993. Burnet, Marble Falls, and Burnet, Marble Falls, and Granite Shoals letter carriers will be placing paper bags in residents’ mailboxes this week, and residents are asked to place non-perishable food items in the bags which will be picked up by mail carriers on Saturday.

On average, volunteers at Lake Area Care, Inc., or LACare, in Burnet, serve over 4,000 Burnet families a year, and Director Lottie McCorkle says this food drive is important for the community.

“Especially with summer coming, we need more food to be able to give to the children,” McCorkle said.

LACare currently has a need for kid-friendly foods to cater to the needs of children around this time of year, according to McCorkle.

“We need kid-friendly foods like Spaghetti-O’s, canned meats like Spam and sausages, ramen noodles, easy things like that that they can prepare by themselves at home,” McCorkle said.

Along with kid-friendly foods, the NALC suggests residents place canned and boxed meals such as soup, chili, stew, and macaroni and cheese, canned or dried beans and peas, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, cooking oil, and boxed cooking mixes..

Items not suggested for the food drive include unlabeled cans, glass containers, homemade, expired or open items, and alcoholic beverages or soda.

Residents are asked to place their paper bags next to their mailboxes well before their postal carrier’s usual arrival Saturday, May 11 to take part in the nation’s largest one-day food drive and help families in need across the nation and right here in the Highland Lakes.

“I think it is going to be awesome,” McCorkle said.

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