(Joplin, MO) – Arvest Bank, Joplin region, 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 in Southwest Missouri, Miami United Methodist Church Backpack Program in Oklahoma, and USD 250 Pittsburg Schools in Kansas for its 12th annual Million Meals campaign. Million Meals is a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need within the bank’s footprint.
Launched in 2011, Arvest’s Million Meals campaigns have raised an 11-year total of 18.7 million meals, which includes more than $3.3 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.
Area residents can support Million Meals from April 1 to May 28 by making monetary donations at Arvest branches and drive-throughs in Joplin, Neosho, Monett, Carthage, Lockwood, Lamar, Nevada, Webb City, Miami, and Pittsburg or by calling 866.952.9523. Additionally, customers can donate via the Arvest Go mobile app and Arvest Flex Rewards™ credit cardholders can log in to arvestflexrewards.com to redeem and donate rewards points.
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. Helping those in need in our communities is a big part of who we are as an organization,” Lacie Waggoner, Arvest Bank marketing manager in the Joplin region, said. “Our associates are excited to join our food partners, our customers, and the community to fight hunger. It’s especially rewarding to know everything we raise stays local.”
Last year, Arvest raised more than 1.6 million meals in the form of direct monetary donations for its food partners and this year’s campaign will benefit more than 75 organizations in the four states — Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma — the bank serves.
In 2020 — the most recent year statistics are available — 10.5 percent of American households surveyed were food-insecure, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Additionally, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma rank among the 20 most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
With more than $26 billion in assets, Arvest Bank is a community-based financial institution serving more than 110 communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Established in 1961, Arvest Bank is committed to meeting the needs of its more than 830,000 retail and business customer households by continually investing in the digital tools and services customers expect. Arvest was recently recognized by J.D. Power for its outstanding mobile banking experience. Its extensive network of more than 200 banking locations provides loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing as a part of its growing list of digital services. Arvest is known for its commitment to the communities it serves and to attracting, hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented people. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. To learn more please visit www.arvest.com.
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Lacie Waggoner, Marketing Manager