1 Million Meals drive exceeds year’s goal
For the sixth year, Arvest Bank held its annual 1 Million Meals campaign to raise food and funds for local people who struggle with hunger. This year’s campaign at the Springfield and Nixa branches collected $3,125 and 1,662 pounds of food for Ozarks Food Harvest. The bank branch in Monett donated $447 to support its town’s Weekend Backpack Program.
Traditionally held in the fall and winter, the campaign was moved to the spring this year to provide a donation just in time for summer, when many children struggle with hunger even more without the guarantee of school breakfasts and lunches.
“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our associates, customers and members of our community, we’re excited to provide many meals to our neighbors in need,” said Brad Crain, president and chief executive officer of Arvest Bank in Springfield.
“We hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness in southern Missouri, and will continue to fight hunger in our community long after this year’s initiative has ended. I am proud of — and humbled by — our success with this year’s campaign. We all look forward to continuing to give back to our community.”
Across all of the Arvest Bank branches in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, over 1.7 million meals were provided to directly benefit 66 organizations.
“Arvest’s donation and continued support of our work is making a tremendous impact on ending hunger in our community,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest.
“We want to extend a special thanks to all the Arvest associates who promoted the drive, and all the people who bank with Arvest who gave so generously.”