Panthers Provide 21,750 Meals for Arvest Hunger Relief Campaign

Friday, May 04 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students throughout the Yellville-Summit School District recently held a weeklong change drive in an effort to raise money to reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. 


Students spent the week collecting spare change from family members, neighbors and the community, as part of a friendly competition to see which grades in K-6th and 7th-12th could collect the most change. The first grade class won the competition with a total of $926.43 for K-6th grades and the 12thgrade class won with a total of $377.19 for 7th-12th grades.

Students in the lower and upper school grades who collected the most change receive an afternoon at the City Park and lunch provided by Arvest Bank.

The drive was organized and facilitated by the Yellville-Summit High School Interact Club. The monetary donations from the students will provide 21,750 meals to benefit the district’s Food for Thought Backpack Program. Through backpack programs, children who face food insecurity are sent home with backpacks full of snacks on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs. 

“Our students love serving others and being part of something that benefits their classmates,” said Liz Leatherman, elementary school counselor and program coordinator for the Yellville-Summit Food for Thought Backpack Program. “These students work hard to make the drive a success and having some friendly competition really makes it fun.”

The donation drive is one of many events taking place in North Central Arkansas in support of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign, an initiative that encourages communities to collect food and monetary donations for local hunger relief organizations and programs. Local donations made to the 1 Million Meals campaign will benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

North Central Arkansas residents who would like to participate in Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign can drop off nonperishable food items or make monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location, or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app as well.

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

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Arvest 1 Million Meals Campaign Hits Halfway Point

Friday, April 27 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

On April 2, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its seventh 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.

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 June 2, with the intention of reaching one million meals donated to the local communities Arvest serves in time for summer, when many schoolchildren do not have access to meals they ordinarily receive at school, and when many of the bank’s food partners face fundraising challenges.

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

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

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“Egged” Yards Provide 3,000 Meals in Arvest Bank Campaign

Friday, April 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates in Harrison lent the Easter Bunny a hand last weekend by decorating homeowners’ yards with colorful, surprise-filled Easter Eggs for children to discover Easter morning.   

The project called “Egg My Yard” collected enough donations to provide 3,000 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local emergency services program that houses a food pantry and provides other necessary items.  

The event was a fundraiser for Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations to reduce food insecurity in communities.  

“This is a great start to our annual campaign and we hope to keep the momentum going during the next two months,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Our associates enjoy getting creative in their fundraising efforts, so we hope our friends and neighbors across the community will take part in these efforts to reduce food insecurity for the months to come.”  

Harrison residents had three decorating and price options ranging from an “egged yard” that included 35 eggs for $30, 55 eggs for $40 or 75 eggs for $50.  

Arvest Bank’s two-month 1 Million Meals campaign, that is in its eighth year, challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to donate nonperishable food items or monetary contributions at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state footprint of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas the bank serves. The goal of the initiative is to collect the equivalent of one million meals that will be donated to local food pantries and other hunger relief organizations or programs. In Harrison, Arvest Bank has partnered with Ozark Share and Care that will receive all of the donations made in the community.  

Since Arvest Bank began the 1 Million Meals campaign in 2011, the Harrison community has collected 181,830 meals for local food partners.  

Additional information on how to contribute to Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be found at www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

 

About Arvest

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. 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Harrison, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank in Lead Hill Hosts Father/Daughter Dance & Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Associates at the Arvest Bank branch in Lead Hill will host a father/daughter dance on April 28 from 4-6p.m. in the Lead Hill School cafeteria located at 6966 Milum Road. The event is an opportunity for dads and daughters to spend quality time together, but also is a fundraiser for Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce food insecurity in the more than 120 communities Arvest serves.

“Children often want to give back to their community, but often they don’t know how they can help,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “This dance is focused on quality time for dads and their daughters, and it presents a great opportunity to help other children in our area, and teach about community service as well.”

Tickets to the father/ daughter dance may be purchased at the Arvest Bank branch in Lead Hill located at 167 W. Hwy. 14, or at the dance. Tickets are $10. Light refreshments will be served at the event.

The 1 Million Meals campaign 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.

Lead Hill residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at Arvest Bank or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com 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.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

For questions or additional information on the father/daughter dance, call (870) 449-7260.

 

About Arvest

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.

 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, North Central Arkansas
 

Harrison Elementary Schools Hold Change Drives to Reduce Hunger

Thursday, April 12 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Three Harrison, Ark. elementary schools will hold change drives to raise money for the school district’s backpack program. Skyline Elementary will hold a change drive April 9-13; Woodland Heights and Eagle Heights will hold change drives April 16-20. 

Backpack programs provide snacks for students on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and when they may face food insecurity at home. 

The change drives are one of many grassroots efforts in North Central Arkansas that are taking place in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign. The campaign challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to contribute nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location to help reduce food insecurity in local communities. 

In 2017, the 1 Million Meals campaign provided 1.8 million meals to local food partners across the four-state area Arvest serves. Since the campaign began in 2011, Arvest has donated more than 11.4 million meals. 

To learn more about 1 Million Meals or for information on additional ways to donate, visit arvest.com/millionmeals

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Harrison
 

Mayor Proclaims April 27 “Feed the Pack Day”

Wednesday, April 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home, Ark. Mayor Joe Dillard has declared Friday, April 27 as “Feed the Pack Day.” 

Feed the Pack Day is a one-day donation drive led by Arvest Bank and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas to collect monetary donations in surrounding communities in support of the food bank’s backpack program and other organizations in Baxter and Marion Counties that operate a backpack program. Backpack programs send snacks home with children who face food insecurity on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to their school meal programs. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas supports more than 600 children in Baxter County alone through its backpack program. 

“This is an opportunity for our community to make a lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of children in our area and the good news is that a small donation goes a long way,” said Joe Dillard, mayor of Mountain Home. “For every dollar that is donated, our food partners can provide five meals for children. I hope we will all work together on Feed the Pack Day so the results from this event fill many, many backpacks with supplemental food for months to come.”

On April 27, Arvest Bank associates and local volunteers will collect donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will also be located outside Harp’s in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home and SunFest in Gassville from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Individuals or groups who would like to volunteer at Feed the Pack may contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com, by phone at (870) 449-7164, or they may sign up at

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4BAEA828A6FD0-arvest.

This is the third year Arvest Bank and the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas have organized Feed the Pack Day.

Feed the Pack is part of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. Every Arvest Bank market works with a local food partner, so all donations made in a particular community stay local. 

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough nonperishable food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

For more information on the 1 Million Meals campaign, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Mountain Home

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