Arvest Bank's One Million Meals campaign reaches halfway point

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Initiative has provided 522,681 meals to date

Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its sixth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal.

"Thanks to the support and generosity of our communities, customers and associates, we are happy to announce we have raised more than 500,000 meals so far for our 1 Million Meals initiative," said Mark Davis, Arvest Community Bank president in Cassville and Shell Knob. "Every single donation that has been made will help us reach our goal of raising one million meals. So we need the continued support of the community in order to meet that goal by May 28."

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in this initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through May 28, with the intention of reaching one million meals donated to the local communities Arvest serves in time for summer, when many school children do not have access to meals they ordinarily receive at school and when many of our food partners face fundraising challenges.

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

Locally, Arvest Bank has partnered with Cassville Community Food Pantry in Cassville and The Alliance of Churches Food Pantry and the His House Foundation in Shell Knob, which will receive all of the nonperishable food and monetary donations made in their respective Arvest branches through May 28.

Residents of Cassville and Shell Knob can help support these local food banks during the initiative by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any local Arvest branch or calling (866) 952-9523 to contribute.

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