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'Skip a Meal' Day to Help Food Banks

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LAWTON Okla_ This Friday, "Skip Your Lunch and Give a Meal", as part of Arvest Bank's One Million Meals campaign, which partners with local food banks to feed our community.

In our area, they are partnering with the food banks and shelters in Lawton, Chickasha, Duncan and Walters.

This is the third year Arvest Bank has kicked off their One Million Meals campaign for fighting hunger in our community. The initiative is a two month, bank-wide effort to provide One Million Meals or more to those in need. Last year, they provided nearly 1.5M meals.

The One Million Meals campaign has turned into being the largest fundraiser of the year for the Lawton Food Bank. Director Jeri Mosiman said this couldn't come at a better time with the holidays just around the corner.

"We're extremely grateful to Arvest Bank and their customers for helping our neighbors in need of food," Mosiman said.

On Friday, they're having a fundraiser called "Skip Your Lunch Give a Meal", and it's as easy as that. Just take the money you would've spent on your meal to Arvest Bank.

"Tor every dollar we raise, we're matching up to $10K," Mosiman said. "So, if you're thinking about giving to the Food Bank, now is a good time. You can double your donation."

Helping is as easy as coming by your local Arvest and donating canned food or by buying a paper plate for a dollar. Every dollar you donate equals five meals.

Last year, $16,000 was raised for the Lawton Food Bank. Not only is this a great way to raise money; it's also a great way to raise awareness.

"You can't always tell when someone is in need of food," Mosiman said. "We don't walk around with a sign telling our tales. So, you'd be surprised at the number of people that really are hungry in this community."

Over $2,000 has already been raised, and nearly 1,000 non-perishable food items have been collected. You have until November 2nd to donate and remember that Arvest will match every dollar.

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