The Lawton Food Bank is putting out a call for help. They're calling on anyone who can donate food or hold a food drive at their business or organization. Their shelves are getting pretty bare and that means some could go hungry.
This time of year, the Food Bank depends on drives and donations. They're getting ready for the holiday season and they need to get an early start on their holiday food boxes. Other household items are welcomed - such as paper towels, deodorant and soap - but with the holidays around the corner, they want to make sure no one goes hungry this year.
Jeri Mosimon, Executive Director at the Lawton Food Bank,says their fundraising drives have been less successful lately. "That's been a bit of a disappointment, especially as holidays draw near. Last year we filled 650 boxes in the community and we anticipate the need to not be any less than that this year," she said.
They feed at least twenty families a day and ten agencies per week come to pick up food. The food bank says their annual Spring Mail Out Campaign hasn't even brought in half as much as 2006. That year they brought in over $10,000 in donations. "I think there are just so many worthwhile organizations and the well runs dry occasionally," said Mosimon. "We are just as worthy as everyone else and everyone else is just as worthy as we are and I do have great faith in the community itself. Lawton has always been very generous to the food bank."
And, if you can't donate food, you can always volunteer your time and box and bag up meals for families and local agencies.
The food bank is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. If you can't make it there during business hours, give them a call and they'll make arrangements with you. They're located at 1405 SW 20th Street and their phone number is 353-7994.