1 Million Meals Campaign Reaches Halfway Point

Tuesday, May 02 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Hunger initiative has provided 546,302 meals to date.

On April 3, 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 3, 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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Press Release
 

Kicking Off Seventh Year Fighting Hunger

Monday, April 03 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

From April 3 to June 3 we'll work to raise one million meals to feed the local hungry.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals initiative 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 the United States Department of Agriculture reports more than 12 percent of American households surveyed in 2015 were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members.

Arvest is conducting its annual initiative in the spring for the second consecutive year due to the fact food banks report an increased need for food items in the summer, when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend. Nationally, for example, the Food Research & Action Center said only one out of six children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year continues to receive meals during the summer months. Donations to food banks also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year.

Arvest Bank kicked off the two-month, bank-wide effort today to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families, and it will continue through June 3. The initiative will conclude later that month, when donations are presented to 72 local organizations that feed the hungry in their communities.

To participate in the 1 Million Meals initiative, customers and community members can donate nonperishable food items or make monetary donations at any Arvest Bank branch or call (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. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

Each of Arvest Bank’s 72 recipient organizations was selected on a local basis.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Press Release
 

We're Fighting Hunger With Local Food Partners

Monday, March 27 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

With your help we plan to raise one million meals for the food insecure in the communities Arvest serves. This seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative, taking place April 3 through June 3, will benefit over 70 local food partners. Find your city below to find out which organization will receive your nonperishable food and monetary donations.

ARKANSAS

  • Bella Vista – Oasis Food Bank
  • Bentonville – Helping Hands
  • Berryville – Loaves & Fishes
  • Clarksville – Johnson Community Foundation
  • Elkins – Elkins Meals on Wheels
  • Eureka Springs – Flint Street Fellowship
  • Farmington – George R. Ledbetter Intermediate School “Ambassador Club”
  • Fayetteville – 7hills Homeless Center
  • Fayetteville – LifeSource International
  • Fayetteville – M&N Augustine Foundation
  • Fayetteville – The Salvation Army
  • Fort Smith – Community Services Clearinghouse
  • Gravette – Maysville Bible Church Food Pantry
  • Harrison – Ozark Share and Care
  • Huntsville – Madison County Senior Activity & Wellness Center (Meals on Wheels)
  • Huntsville – Open Arms Food Pantry
  • Lincoln – The Grace Place
  • Little Rock – Arkansas Foodbank
  • Lowell – Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
  • Lowell – The First Baptist Church of Lowell Food Pantry
  • Mena – River Valley Regional Food Bank
  • Norfork – Food Bank of North Central Arkansas
  • Paris – Paris First Christian Church
  • Pea Ridge – Bright Futures of Pea Ridge
  • Prairie Grove – Prairie Grove Backpack Program
  • Rogers – Samaritan Community Center
  • Russellville – River Valley Food 4 Kids
  • Siloam Springs – The Manna Center
  • Springdale – Compassion Center of NWA
  • Springdale – Springdale Public Schools
  • West Fork – West Fork Elementary School Backpack Program
KANSAS

  • Caney – Another Chance Thrift Shop
  • Ottawa – East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN)
  • Pittsburg – Pittsburg High School
MISSOURI

  • Anderson – Crosslines of McDonald County
  • Aurora – Harvest Church
  • Branson – Christian Action Ministries
  • Branson West – Christian Associates
  • Carthage – Carthage Bright Futures
  • Cassville – Cassville Community Food Pantry
  • Joplin – Joplin Bright Futures
  • Kansas City – Harvesters
  • Lebanon – L-LIFE Food Bank
  • Lockwood – Lockwood Ministerial Alliance
  • Monett – Pierce City School
  • Mountain Grove – Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry
  • Neosho – Newton County Food Basket Brigade
  • Nevada – Nevada Community Outreach
  • Nixa – Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Noel – Crosslines of McDonald County
  • Shell Knob – His House Foundation
  • Shell Knob – The Alliance of Churches Food Pantry
  • Springfield – Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Webb City – Carl Junction Bright Futures
  • Webb City – Webb City CARES
  • West Plains – Samaritan Outreach
OKLAHOMA

  • Ada – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Bartlesville – Mary Martha Outreach
  • Chickasha – Emergency Food Pantry
  • Duncan – Christians Concerned
  • Elgin – Elgin Community Food Bank
  • Elgin – First United Methodist Church
  • Grove – The Christian H.E.L.P. Center
  • Jay – Caring Kitchen
  • Lawton – Lawton Food Bank
  • Miami – First Baptist Church of Miami
  • Miami – First United Methodist Church of Miami
  • Nowata – Living Word Church Loaves & Fishes Pantry
  • Oklahoma City – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Shawnee – The Salvation Army
  • Stilwell – The Adair County Resource Center
  • Tulsa – Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Vinita – Craig County Salvation Army
  • Walters – Walters Elementary School Food 4 Kids Program
  • Westville – The Hope Center
Stay tuned the next couple of month as we highlight the great work done by our food partners!
 
Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

As Credit Cards Enhance Rewards, Consumers Advised to Comparison Shop

Wednesday, March 22 at 09:15 AM
Category: Arvest News

Did you know 25 million credit card holders have held the same credit cards for at least a decade?

LOWELL, Ark. – Consumers routinely search for the best price or the best deal when making a long-term financial commitment – from automobiles to cable companies to phone carriers. They don’t, however, tend to comparison shop once they have committed to a credit card.

A report by creditcards.com* shows that some 25 million credit card holders have held the same card for at least a decade, and another 20 million have never switched to a different creditor. This, despite the emergence of rewards programs that offer consumers robust benefits. 

Among the most popular perks offered through reward programs are cash-back options and bonus rewards. When offered, cash-back and other reward options can put extra money in the pocket of cardholders. Cash-back benefits can be applied as a credit on a future statement or deposited electronically in the customer’s bank account. 

Some financial institutions offer bonus opportunities such as providing customers with as much as triple rewards during certain times throughout the year, when they spend a particular amount on their card or when they charge specified items such as groceries or gas. 

More than half of consumers who did switch to a new credit card made the change because of a better rewards program, according to a creditcards.com* survey from 2015.

A rare and competitive offering among a handful of institutions is a rewards program that touches every level of credit cards. From a classic card to the platinum level, a rewards program could be in place, though the rewards may vary.

In addition, card issuers are becoming increasingly competitive by eliminating various fees, such as annual rewards program fees and balance transfer fees, and increasing the amount of control cardholders have at their fingertips.

One factor that will always get the attention of cardholders is interest rates. An individual’s improved credit score could mean they are eligible for a lower rate on their credit card. That provides another option for saving money and another reason to evaluate and compare programs. 

The Federal Reserve anticipates additional increases in interest rates later this year. With that change, every percentage point and every rewards option could affect consumers’ wallets in one way or another.

The bottom line for consumers is that, with the emerging new benefits programs offered by credit card issuers and the expectation of a rising rate environment, comparison shopping for the best credit card for their particular needs is becoming more important than ever.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arvest Flex Rewards™, Credit Cards, Financial Education
 

Online Banking with BlueIQ™ Makes Year-end Reporting Easy

Tuesday, March 21 at 03:50 PM
Category: Arvest News
Did you know we have a reporting feature in Online Banking with BlueIQ™ which provides end-of-year summaries by category? It only takes a few minutes to export your transactions into Microsoft® Excel® and create a report of the transactions and totals you want to see.  

Here are some helpful steps to walk you through this process:

1. In Online Banking with BlueIQ™, go to the Transaction tab. Choose the account(s) you wish to report on.

2. Select the Calendar icon to choose a date range and select search.

3. Select the Export icon and choose Export to Excel (.CSV). 

4. Select Download and then open file.                          

5. Adjust the column width for each column accordingly.

6. Use the Excel Sort feature to sort the spreadsheet by category (column E).

7. To have the spreadsheet provide subtotals for each category do the following:
  • Select the Credit or Debit column header
  • Select the Subtotal feature (found under Data)
  • Select Category in the first drop down (at each change in)
  • Select Subtotal in the second drop down (use function)
  • Select Debit and Credit in the third drop down (add subtotal to) 
  • Select OK
8. In the top left corner of the Excel file, click on 2 to see only the category and totals.

We hope this will help as you pull end of year summaries and other reports you need. If you need additional assistance with this or anything else regarding Online Banking with BlueIQ™, then please contact Customer Service at (844) 225-8347, and we’d be happy to assist you. 
 
Tags: Online Banking with BlueIQ™

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