The Helping Center of the Marble Falls Area, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides food and financial assistance to the needy in southern Burnet County. Several years ago the Master Gardener volunteers started a garden on the property of the Helping Center to provide fresh veggies to the people in addition to the bread & canned goods! They are trying to be sustainable by using rainwater collection & Keyhole Gardens! They accept donations of seeds anything to do with vegetable gardening so as to provide as much fresh vegetables as possible to the less fortunate in the Marble Falls Area. The Helping Center is located at 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls, TX (on the opposite corner from Janie's Restaurant). The Mission of The Helping Center is to provide ecumenical witness to Jesus Christ by providing assistance to needy people of all ages regardless of race of faith.
Services Offered: Food and Financial aid to assist in the payment of electric and other utility bills
Hours of Operation: The Helping Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until noon and in the afternoon between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the Center is just open in the morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Food and Financial Sources: The Helping Center is supported by donations from local member churches, grants, civic organizations and individuals. No funds are received from any local, county, state or federal sources. Food is obtained from the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin, local area individuals, churches and from various food drives. Fresh produce is also obtained from an Earth-Kind® vegetable garden on Helping Center property run by the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners.
How to donate food and cash? Financial donations can either be brought by The Helping Center during regular business hours or mailed to PO Box 402, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Food donations can be brought to The Helping Center during regular business hours. If you have large donations and require special assistance, please call The Helping Center. Due to health codes The Helping Center cannot accept frozen items or home-canned food. The Helping Center is licensed to repackage food items and thus can accept bulk food items like large containers of rice, dried beans, etc. The Helping Center can accept donations of locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and eggs.
Current Food Needs: Canned tomato products (sauce, diced, whole, etc.), Canned soup, canned chicken or salmon. Beef stew, Powdered milk or shelf-stable boxed milk, Cereal, Dried pinto beans (all sizes including very large bags). Hamburger Helper and other similar products. Peanut butter. Canned Spaghetti & Meatballs, Ravioli, and other similar items. Paper towels and toilet tissue
If you are interested in volunteering there are openings throughout the week. Please contact Sam Pearce for more information.
Yantis Lakeside Gardens: At the Marble Falls Helping Center you will find a beautiful vegetable and native wildflower garden called The Helping Center Garden. The garden is adjacent to The Helping Center Food Bank and was established in 2011 with just a few raised beds. The garden has grown tremendously since 2011. Last year's harvest total was 2,673 pounds. All crops in the garden are grown organically with many sustainable techniques in practice. Produce grown in the garden is given to the Helping Center Food Bank to distribute to their clients. The garden is maintained by volunteers both in the garden and behind the scenes, and is funded by donations. Educating the community in sustainable and organic gardening is a priority for the Helping Center Garden. Much is learned from volunteering in the garden and anyone in the community is welcome to volunteer. Times to volunteer are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am until 11:00 am. Master Gardeners are on hand at these times to work in the garden, to assist, and to instruct volunteers. Groups such as homeschoolers, church groups, and scouts are welcome and special times can be arranged for these groups. Periodically, seminars and special classes are held in the garden.