Lawton Food Bank makes new additions in 2022

The Lawton Food Bank is grateful for the progress that they've made throughout the 2022 season
Published: Dec. 29, 2022 at 6:26 PM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Lawton Food Bank officials are very pleased with the progress they’ve made during 2022.

With support from the Lawton community, they were able to stay afloat post-pandemic.

“After all of the different assistance programs simmered out, we’ve seen a much higher need, you know, between inflation and assistance being rolled back here at the food bank. So, being able to keep up with that has been a huge accomplishment,” said Executive Director Mac Lechel.

By implementing new additions, like their drive-thru, and expanding their pick-up hours, they aim to make their services more accessible for those in need.

“During this year, we opened up our new drive-thru so people are able to come up into the new little annex building. That kind of protects us from the elements and then drive forward and around safely,” Mac stated. “That’s something that has made using the food bank so much easier for our clients, and so much easier for us to distribute outside.”

They’ve also started two new programs: “Produce Pop-in” and the distribution of senior boxes.

“I do feel like Lawton has an extremely tight-knit community. So many non-profits in the area, and we all work together to support each other and our community. Anytime you guys ask us questions, I get more and more people that come out to help. Anytime we ask for something the needs are usually met”

During 2023, they hope to gain more consistent volunteers to help balance their growth, as well as find more ways to make their services more accessible.