LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Arvest Bank's 1 Million Meals campaign is coming to an end, but before it is over, they want their employees and the community to skip lunch on Friday, May 13.
Skipping lunch is just one of the donation opportunities Arvest has given the community during the 1 Million Meals campaign in the fight against hunger. The idea is instead of going to lunch Friday, stop by an Arvest location and donate what you would have spent.
They are doing it in hopes of raising more money for food banks before their two-month campaign ends on May 28, right before the food bank's busiest time of the year.
Charlotte Jett says she and others who go to the Lawton Food Bank are thankful for people who donate.
"They help everybody. If it wasn't for them, I don't know what everybody would do. So, we appreciate it," Jett said.
Lawton Food Bank director Jeri Mosiman says they are preparing for their busiest time of the year. The increased need for assistance is because more families depend on them when school isn't in session.
"Low-income children are fortunate enough to receive a free or reduced price breakfast and/or lunch, which helps their families out tremendously. But when school is out, those children will be hungry," Mosiman said.
The food banks receive donations from Arvest once the campaign is complete. Arvest achieved their goal of providing 50,000 meals, and right now they acquired enough for more than 56,000 meals in Southwest Oklahoma.
"You know, we rely on the community to help us fight hunger together," said Catie Goodwin, Arvest Bank.
Jett is thankful for those who donate because they help put food on her table.
"If it wasn't for the people that donated, the good people that donated, to help the food bank out, to help people that really needs it, then we'd be in a lot of trouble," Jett said.
Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of five meals. If you aren't able to skip lunch on Friday and you still want to donate food or money, go by any Arvest location
Six food banks in Southwest Oklahoma, including the Lawton Food Bank, benefit from the two-month campaign. The campaign that began on April 4 ends on May 28.