Arvest fights hunger wih 1 million meals

Arvest fights hunger wih 1 million meals

July 12, 2017 in Food drive Get Involved

Arvest Bank held its seventh annual 1 Million Meals campaign to raise food and funds for those who struggle with hunger. This year’s campaign took place April 3 through June 3.

Springfield and Nixa branches supported Ozarks Food Harvest and collected $2,834 and 916 pounds of food to provide 12,100 meals to those in need.

“Thanks to the outstanding generosity of our associates, customers and members of our community, we are excited to provide meals to our neighbors in need through Ozarks Food Harvest,” said Brad Crain, president and chief executive officer of Arvest Bank in Springfield. “We hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness in southwest Missouri. 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.”

Thanks to bank customers, collectively over 1.8 million meals will be provided to 70 food banks and hunger-relief organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

In order to encourage monetary donations in addition to food donations, local branches provided donors with a paper fork to sign to showcase their support.

“Each year, 1 Million Meals reminds us of the tremendous generosity of our community,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “The impact that our local Arvest branches is making on hunger in our community is remarkable. This is an effort that takes a lot of work on behalf of Arvest staff members, and we are thankful for their dedication to feeding our hungry neighbors. With 12,100 meals being provided, less families will worry about where their next meal will come from, all thanks to Arvest Bank and their customers.”