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Arvest Bank Kicks Off Eighth Year of Fighting Hunger

Spring Campaign Means More Food and Funds in Summer Months

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark (March 29, 2018) – 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 5th 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.

Today, Arvest in Russellville launched its part of the 1 Million Meals initiative with a kickoff event at the Russellville Elmira Branch located at 121 North Elmira. If you donate any amount of money or non-perishable food item, you will receive a chicken sandwich provided by Chick-Fil-A in Russellville.

Arvest in Russellville has partnered with River Valley Food 4 Kids for the duration of the initiative. All donations received will go to River Valley Food 4 Kids to provide meals to local, hungry families. Russellville residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest branches in Russellville or calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting 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.

“Kicking off our 1 Million Meals campaign is always an exciting time,” Shawn Bates, Arvest Bank community president in River Valley Region said. “Our associates look forward to joining River Valley Food 4 Kids, our customers and the community to fight hunger.

“The donations we raise here in Russellville stay local and benefit these organizations. Arvest is happy to provide a boost during the summer, which traditionally has been a challenge in terms of fundraising and providing meals to those who need them.”

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, only one out of seven children who ate a free or reduced-priced school lunch during the 2015-2016 school year were reached by the Summer Nutrition Programs 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

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.

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