Arvest Bank kicks off eighth year of fighting hunger

Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals initiative 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 Arkansas ranks fifth among the most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Arvest kicked off the two-month, bank-wide effort today to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families, and it will continue through June 2.

The initiative will conclude later that month, when donations are presented to 75-plus locally selected organizations that feed the hungry in their communities.

Arvest in the Conway/Morrilton area has partnered with the Arkansas Food Bank for the duration of the initiative.

All donations received will go to the Arkansas Food Bank to provide meals to local, hungry families.

Conway/Morrilton residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest branches in Conway/Morrilton or calling (866) 952-9523.

Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Reward points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

“This is our favorite time of year as we kick off our 1 Million Meals campaign,” Market President of Arvest Bank in Conway/Morrilton Skip Colvin said. “Our associates look forward to this campaign because they see the impact it makes for our community. We are happy to partner with the Arkansas Food Bank again this year, along with our customers and the community to fight hunger.

“The summer months have traditionally been a challenge in terms of fundraising and providing meals to those who need them. Arvest is excited that the donations we raise here in the Conway/Morrilton area stay local and help provide a boost during the summer to benefit the Arkansas Food Bank.”

Arvest is conducting its annual initiative in the spring for the third consecutive year due to the fact food banks report an increased need for food items in the summer, when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, for example, the Summer Nutrition Programs reached only one out of seven children who ate a free or reduced-priced school lunch during the 2015-2016 school year in July 2016.

Donations to food banks also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year.

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

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team.

These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations.

Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing.

Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.