Arvest Bank Partners with the Arkansas Foodbank and the Arkansas Rice Depot

Part of Bank’s Commitment to Provide Meals for Local, Hungry Families

Little Rock, AR (March 23, 2016) — Arvest Bank, (Central Arkansas), will be partnering with the Arkansas Foodbank and the Arkansas Rice Depot for the 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.

Arvest is conducting its annual initiative in the spring this year rather than its traditional fall time frame due largely 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. Donations also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year.

The Foodbank and the Rice Depot will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made at Arvest branches in central Arkansas from April 4 through May 28.  Together, these organizations acquire and distribute, through local and national partnerships, large quantities of food and other resources to hungry people throughout Arkansas.

“We are honored to be selected as a beneficiary of Arvest Bank’s efforts in our area,” said Rhonda Sanders, CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank/Arkansas Rice Depot.  “The food and funds raised as part of 1 Million Meals will help feed many hungry Arkansas families this summer, a time when children are home from school and the need is greater."

Central Arkansas residents can help support these organizations during the initiative by dropping off nonperishable food items or purchasing a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any of the 31 Arvest branches in Central Arkansas or calling (866) 952-9523 to contribute. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

In its sixth year, Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and make donations to fight hunger in the 120 communities the bank serves. Last year, Arvest banks, associates and customers raised more than 1.6 million meals. This year’s effort benefits 69 different organizations in the four states – Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma – Arvest serves.