Fishing for Lawton Food Bank

Fishing for Lawton Food Bank

LAWTON, Okla._Dozens braved the cold weather to go fishing for a good cause Saturday at Lawton's Elmer Thomas Park for the 6th annual Fishing for the Food Bank.

Participants brought non-perishable food donations for the Lawton Food Bank.

Rods and reels were in high demand for those looking to catch some trout on Lake Helen. 9-year-old Jacob Schachterle didn't have much luck early in the day.

"No just seaweed. I had to throw a lot of seaweed back in the lake," said Schachterle.

Alicia crews is taking part for the fourth time this year. She says she knows what it's like to need assistance, which is the main reason why she showed up Saturday.

"Whether it's food or jackets or anything people need I mean everybody deserves to have something. So it is always nice to be able to give back," said Crews.

The need for food grows greater during the holidays. The Executive Director of the Lawton Food Bank, Jeri Mosiman says they are providing meals to nearly 1,200 families or more a month.

"Whenever school is out of session. The children received a free or reduced price lunch so when school is out of session the parents then have to pick-up the slack for that," she said.

Mosiman says events like this one brings awareness for the food bank's greater purpose of helping families become financially stable once again.

"We try to do what we can so that they won't have to come back to us. That really is our ultimate goal it to put ourselves out of business. We just want to help families through a difficult time," she said.