LACare is supported by the people of Burnet County through donations given by local churches, businesses, organizations and individuals.
LACare's entire work force is made up of one salaried employee plus more than 50 volunteers.
Support is provided by the following:
Churches & Church Ministries
Burnet Presbyterian Church
Church at the Epicenter, Burnet
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Burnet
First Baptist Church, Burnet
East Lake Fellowship, Burnet
First Assembly of God, Burnet
First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, Burnet
First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, Bertram
First Lutheran Church, Burnet
First United Methodist Church, Burnet
Genesis Lutheran Church, Buchanan Dam
Hill Country Fellowship, Burnet
Kingsland Community Church, Kingsland
Mahomet Christian Church - Disciples of Christ, Bertram
Ministerial Alliance, Burnet
Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Burnet
St. Anne's Guild, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Burnet
St. Charles Men's Club, Kingsland
St. Luke's Episcopal, Cypress Mill
Weakday Ministeries, Burnet
Women's Christian Organization, Kingsland Community Church, Kingsland
Austin Community Foundation
Burnet Chamber of Commerce
Burnet County Farm Bureau
City of Burnet
Delaware Springs, Burnet
Epsilon PI #1185
Excalibur Self Storage
Griffith's Taxidermy, Inc., Burnet
Highland Lakes Association of Realtors, Marble Falls
Highland Lakes Service League, Marble Falls
Knights of Columbus, Burnet
Knights of Columbus, Kingsland
Lakeside Children's Dentistry, Marble Falls
Operation Liberty Hill, Liberty Hill
PEC United Charities, Inc., Johnson City
Pizza Hut, Burnet
QuickDraw Signs, Burnet
Government and/or Agency Organizations
America's Second Harvest Food Bank
Central Texas Food Bank
United States Post Service
Lakes Area Care has been helping people living within the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District since 1985. During the first month, April 1985, LACare was founded and organized, and its mission defined. During June of that year, the doors opened and 12 families were helped. By July 17, an additional 14 families were provided assistance.
Initially directed by Rev. Jim Wooldridge, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Burnet, the food pantry was started and stored within the church. Working with St. Paul's Episcopal Church were the following:
~Rev. Bob Howard, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Burnet
~C. D. Maxwell, Burnet Presbyterian Church
~Rev. Sally Williams and Cindy Muhle, Christ is the Light Fellowship
~Rev. Rick Waters, First United Methodist Church of Burnet
On April 30, 1985, the Constitution and Bylaws of LACare, Inc. were reviewed, amended, and subsequently passed/accepted by those participating in the meeting of LACare officers. The election of officers was postponed until Thursday, May 16, 1985 at the Masonic Lodge in Burnet.
The September 1985 issue of The LACare Gazette noted the addition of a sixth church. Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church voted to join LACare, though the paperwork required had not been completed at that time. Nevertheless, several members had been volunteers since the doors of LACare opened in June.
The meeting, held on November 4, 1985, amended the LACare Constitution and Bylaws to allow churches in counties adjacent to Burnet to join LACare. At that same meeting, First Union Church of Buchanan Dam (Rev. Don Wayland) and Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church (Fr. James Donnelly) applied and were accepted as members.
The pantry was moved to a small corner room in the Masonic Lodge building on Main Street. Two bookcases, which held food, were donated or purchased by church members. At times, food was scarce. Merchants were generous with damaged cans, day-old baked goods, or slow moving items. Church members dropped by with bags of food and donations of money. All of the purchasing was done locally.
At that time, there was no Capitol Area Food Bank in Austin and no other local food banks in Burnet County. LACare was the first to open it's doors.
The ministry of LACare branched into areas such as distribution of Christmas presents to the children of needy families, gasoline vouchers to enable transportation to/from jobs recently acquired by needy parents, school supply vouchers, and prescription drug assistance.
LACare continued to grow and in January 1986 moved to a new location at 312 S. Main Street. The ground breaking for our current facility was held on February 27, 2005.
In 2014, 4,538 families were helped, representing 15,233 individuals.
In 2015, 4,133 families were helped, representing 13,877 individuals.
In 2016, 4,021 families were helped, representing 12,680 individuals.
LACare is open to serve clients on the following
Monday 2 - 6 pm*
Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm*
Friday 10 am - 2 pm*
*LACare depends on volunteers to serve clients. In order to allow orders to be filled and necessary paperwork completed so that volunteers may leave on a timely basis , we will lock our doors 15 minutes prior to closing time listed above.