(Joplin, MO) –Arvest Bank kicked off its 11th annual Million Meals campaign on April 5, 2021 and will continue it through May 29. The campaign’s goal is to provide at least one million meals to those in need and it benefits more than 90 locally selected organizations throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint.
The campaign is particularly needed in Missouri, which ranks among the 21 most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Arvest, in southwest Missouri, will partner with Joplin Bright Futures, Newton County Food Basket Brigade, Monett Kitchen, Carthage Bright Futures, Lockwood Ministerial Alliance, Lamar Good Samaritan Shop, Nevada Community Outreach, Webb City Cares, and Carl Junction Bright Futures for the Million Meals initiative.
Every dollar raised through Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families. While Arvest is unable to accept food donations in branches this year, customers and community members can donate directly to the bank’s food partners.
“We’re always excited to kick off our Million Meals campaign because helping those in need in our communities is a big part of who we are as an organization,” said Chad Evans, Arvest Bank president in the Joplin region. “Our associates are excited to join our local food partners, our customers, and the community to fight hunger, and it’s especially rewarding to know everything we raise stays local.”
Arvest conducts Million Meals in the spring each year because food banks report an increased need in the summer when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend. According to the Food Research & Action Center, in fact, only one child participated in the USDA’s Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2019 for every seven children who received a free or reduced price lunch during the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information about Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.
About Arvest Bank:
Arvest Bank operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest also is one of a select few banks in the nation to have its mobile app – Arvest Go – certified by J.D. Power for providing an outstanding mobile banking experience. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
About Arvest Wealth Management:
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not a Deposit, Not Guaranteed by the Bank or its Affiliates, Not FDIC Insured, Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency, May Go Down in Value. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.
Lacie Waggoner, Marketing Manager