Hunger Initiative Surpasses One Million Meals with Three-Plus Weeks Left to Give

Friday, May 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank announced in early April the beginning of its eighth annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need.

Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded one million meals, reaching the goal with more than three weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,002,353 meals have been raised.

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 2, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves later in the month.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

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Arvest Bank “Feed the Pack Day” Collects Record Donations

Monday, May 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank’s one-day donation blitz to help reduce food insecurity in North Central Arkansas resulted in a record number of donations to the third annual campaign.  


Volunteers in Mountain Home, Yellville, Flippin and Gassville collected $20,275 from residents in those communities. Those donations will provide 101,375 meals to local children facing food insecurity. For eleven hours on April 27, dozens of volunteers took shifts collecting donations at intersections and in front of participating stores.

All of the donations benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program, as well as backpack programs managed by other hunger relief organizations in the area. Through backpack programs, school children who face food insecurity are sent home with supplemental food on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and when they likely would not receive enough to eat at home.

“The generosity of our friends and neighbors in these communities is always encouraging and humbling, and are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to Feed the Pack this year,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “This is how we make a difference in our community and, most importantly, for the several hundred children who will receive the food these donations will provide, instead of being hungry. We certainly could not have reached this record number of donations without our wonderful volunteers for them, we are very grateful.”

Area schools and businesses also held change drives, give back nights and other events to help collect donations to Feed the Pack in advance of the event. For every one-dollar donation, hunger relief organizations are able to provide five meals to those in need.

“One-third of children in our area face food insecurity, so there is a very large and widespread need,” said Jeff Quick, chief executive officer of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “We see an increased need during the summer months so Feed the Pack will help all of the agencies in our area who provide a backpack program, support these children for months to come.”

Since creating Feed the Pack Day in 2016, Arvest Bank has now collected more than $57,250 in donations, which translates to a donation of more than 286,250 meals that were donated to local backpack programs.

Feed the Pack Day is one of several community events that are held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is needed, as the United States Department of Agriculture reports more than 12 percent of American households surveyed in 2015 were food insecure.

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations to Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app on their smartphone. 

 

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Arvest Bank Cookout in Flippin Provides 3,250 Meals for Food Bank

Monday, May 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates in Flippin recently held a fundraiser cookout for Sematronix in an effort to reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas.


Arvest associates cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and provided side items for the employees. Sematronix provided a donation in exchange for the meals. The group raised more than $650, which will provide more than 3,250 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ Backpack Program, as well as other backpack programs in the area. 

“We are very appreciative to the employees at Sematronix who participated in our cookout,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “This is a great example of how a business can support the needs our local community. The donations from this one day are a great benefit to so many in our community who face food insecurity.” 

For every dollar that is donated, the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas can provide five meals to those in need. 

The cookout was held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which continues through June 2. The campaign challenges associates, customers and the community to donate nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in the 120 communities the bank serves. Each community supports a local food partner, so every local donation stays local.

Donations can also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Arvest customers can also donate through the Arvest GO mobile banking app on their smartphone. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

To learn more, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.   

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Arvest Bank Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 15,825 Meals

Friday, May 04 at 05:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It recently held a free Shred-a-Thon event for the community, destroying more than 500 boxes of paper on-site. The Shred-a-Thons in Mountain Home and Harrison helped the community destroy more than 17,500 pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft.

In exchange for free shredding provided by Arvest Bank and Shred-It, residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities. 

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $3,165 in donations and 375 food items for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 15,825 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. 

“We look forward to this event every year because it combines two great services to the community, protecting people from identity theft, and supporting those who face food insecurity,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We are very grateful to our generous community that once again pulled together to make a difference in the lives of those in need, and we appreciate Shred-It for their willingness to make this project possible.”

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 2. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and other similar programs in the area. Every donation made in Mountain Home stays local.  

“We couldn’t have done this event without the help of Shred-It and our compassionate and giving community,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “We are very grateful to those who donated.”

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app as well. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

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Panthers Provide 21,750 Meals for Arvest Hunger Relief Campaign

Friday, May 04 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students throughout the Yellville-Summit School District recently held a weeklong change drive in an effort to raise money to reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. 


Students spent the week collecting spare change from family members, neighbors and the community, as part of a friendly competition to see which grades in K-6th and 7th-12th could collect the most change. The first grade class won the competition with a total of $926.43 for K-6th grades and the 12thgrade class won with a total of $377.19 for 7th-12th grades.

Students in the lower and upper school grades who collected the most change receive an afternoon at the City Park and lunch provided by Arvest Bank.

The drive was organized and facilitated by the Yellville-Summit High School Interact Club. The monetary donations from the students will provide 21,750 meals to benefit the district’s Food for Thought Backpack Program. Through backpack programs, children who face food insecurity are sent home with backpacks full of snacks on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs. 

“Our students love serving others and being part of something that benefits their classmates,” said Liz Leatherman, elementary school counselor and program coordinator for the Yellville-Summit Food for Thought Backpack Program. “These students work hard to make the drive a success and having some friendly competition really makes it fun.”

The donation drive is one of many events taking place in North Central Arkansas in support of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign, an initiative that encourages communities to collect food and monetary donations for local hunger relief organizations and programs. Local donations made to the 1 Million Meals campaign will benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

North Central Arkansas residents who would like to participate in Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign can drop off nonperishable food items or make monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location, or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app as well.

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

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