City, County, BCISD fight hunger

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

 

City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley issued a proclamation declaring September as Burnet County Hunger Awareness Month at the regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Bromley was joined by LACare Director Lottie McCorkle (left) and Burnet County Hunger Alliance member Shauna Thrane at the meeting, who shared statistics regarding hunger in the Burnet County area and invited Council and citizens to do their part in combating it.

In 2018, LACare served 2,376 families, 6,958 individuals, and 139 new families in need of assistance in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District – an approximately 750-square-mile region reaching from Tow to Briggs. Just last month, LACare helped 338 families (including 29 new families), consisting of 989 individuals.

“Our numbers are increasing big time, and our food bills go up,” said McCorkle. “We are fortunate that our community does help, but our numbers are going up.

“There are a lot of hungry people in Burnet, and we just don't realize there is,” McCorkle added. “This proclamation and food drives we have do help; we are just trying to make everyone aware of the need. Everyone thinks 'oh, we don't have a need,' but there is a huge need in Burnet.”

In her proclamation, Mayor Bromley urged citizens to help eliminate the growing problem of hunger in Burnet County by donating to and volunteering at local food banks and charities, volunteering at Meals on Wheels and churches which provide community meals, and taking a tour of local food banks to learn more about their process and the families for which they provide.

For more information about LACare, visit lacareburnet.org, or call them at 512-756-4422.

The next meeting of the Burnet County Hunger Alliance will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 105 Ranch Road 1431, Marble Falls. For more information about the BCHA, visit burnetcountyhungeralliance.org.

At the Monday, Sept. 16 BCISD Board meeting, Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes Director Bill Drake spoke to Trustees during the Open Forum section thanking the District and BCISD Director of Food Services Pamela Holcomb for their help in feeding students during the summer break, recognizing September as Burnet County Hunger Awareness Month, reflecting what was proclaimed by Mayor Bromley and Burnet County last week.

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