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
 

Panthers Prepare to “Change Lives” Through Arvest Hunger Relief Campaign

Tuesday, April 10 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students throughout the Yellville-Summit School District will hold a weeklong change drive called “Panthers Change Lives” to raise money in support of 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. 

The Panthers Change Lives campaign takes place April 13 – 19 and encourages students to collect 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 can collect the most change.

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.

“This is a very exciting week for our students because they know they are doing something that benefits their classmates, so they work hard to make the drive a success,” said Liz Leatherman, elementary school counselor and program coordinator for the Yellville-Summit Food for Thought Backpack Program. “They have a heart for service and they also happen to enjoy some friendly competition, so it’s fun either way.” Last year, students collected more than $3,000 during Panthers Change Lives, making their total contributions to the backpack program since 2013 more than $13,000.

Every day of Panthers Change Lives Week is filled with a different activity for students. The campaign kicks off with an orange bracelet for everyone to wants to participate, to remind them to collect donations from family and neighbors. The change drive begins with a “surprise arrival” of some sort. Other weekly events include a day where students dress from head to toe in Panther orange, photo booths, a day to “eat orange” in the cafeteria, face painting and more.

The donation drive is one of many events taking place in North Central Arkansas during the next two months that support 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 non-perishable 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.

To learn more, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.   

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, yellville
 

Arvest Bank Hosts Free Shred-A-Thon in Mountain Home, Ark

Wednesday, April 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home, Ark. Businesses and the general public are invited to bring any personal or confidential documents that need to be properly disposed of to help guard against identity theft. All documents will be shredded on-site so residents can be assured the documents have been destroyed.

Although shredding services are offered free of charge, participants are invited to make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Donations help provide food for the organization’s backpack program, and to other organizations across North Central Arkansas that operate a backpack program in conjunction with the food bank. Backpack programs provide snacks for school children on weekends when they don’t have access to school meal programs. In Baxter County alone, more than 600 children benefit from the backpack program. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas serves tens of thousands of families across a nine county area.

“Food pantries face challenges to keep shelves stocked throughout the year, but certainly during the late spring and summer months when there is an increased demand for food,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon event provides the community with an opportunity to help local neighbors who are facing food insecurity; plus, we are trying to reduce the community’s chances of being a victim of identity theft, while protecting the environment through paper recycling.”

The 2017 Shred-a-thon resulted in 20,000 pounds of paper being shredded and cash donations that provided 11,420 meals through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This is the 9th annual event. Since 2010, more than 63,000 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In addition, more than $12,264 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.  

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help reduce hunger in Baxter County as part of the bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign. The two-month campaign encourages communities to contribute food or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state area the bank serves, through June 2.

One grassroots project exclusive to North Central Arkansas is Arvest’s “Feed the Pack” Day that will be held on Friday, April 27 this year. During this one-day donation blitz, volunteers in Mountain Home, Gassville, Flippin and Yellville will collect monetary donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home and outside of Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Town and Country in Mountain Home and SunFest in Gassville, all in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.  

“In 2017, we distributed 2.7 million pounds of food through the food bank alone,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “While that is a tremendous amount of food, the need is even greater and we’re challenged to fulfill that need 12 months throughout the year. Food insecurity is a community issue that requires a community response.”

Local radio station KTLO will broadcast live from the Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to noon, with an opportunity for listeners to open the station’s popular treasure chest.

There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding. 

Tags: Arkansas, Mountain Home
 

Arvest Bank to Host Free Shred-A-Thon in Harrison, Ark.

Wednesday, April 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-a-Thon for the Harrison community on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 1402 Hwy 62-65 North at the corner of Hester Drive.The Harrison community is invited to bring personal documents that need to be disposed of properly to reduce the risk of having confidential information compromised and their identity stolen. 

“Consumers need to take advantage of every safety measure possible when it comes to protecting their identity, both digitally and with printed documents,” said Scott Tennyson, market president for Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Our annual Shred-a-Thon provides our community with a trusted resource for shredding documents, while also protecting the environment through recycling.”

Document shredding will take place on-site, so residents can be assured that personal information has been destroyed. The event is free, but monetary donations will be accepted to support Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry families in the Harrison community.

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help fight hunger in Boone County, as part of the bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign that lasts through June 2. As part of the 1 Million Meals campaign, Arvest encourages associates, customers and the general public to drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank branch across the four-state area the bank serves. The goal is to collect the equivalent of one million meals across the bank’s footprint to reduce food insecurity in local communities. All donations to the campaign remain local.

During the past two years, a total of 17,175 pounds of paper have been destroyed at the Shred-a-Thon and cash donations on-site provided 10,827 meals to those who receive food through Ozark Share and Care.

Refreshments will be available at the Shred-a-Thon while supplies last and radio station 102.9 “The Z” will broadcast on-site from 10 a.m. to noon. 

There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding.

Tags: Arkansas, Harrison
 

Arvest Bank Offers Photos With Easter Bunny

Friday, March 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will offer photos with the Easter Bunny at the Arvest Bank branch in Yellville, Ark. located at 105 N. Panther Ave., on Friday, March 30 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Interested families should bring their own camera to take photos of their child with the Easter Bunny who will happily greet children as they arrive for photos. 

The photo session is free; however, Arvest Bank encourages a donation of five non-perishable food items or a $5 donation at the time of the photo session in support of the bank’s annual 1 Million Meals program that aims to reduce food insecurity in local communities the bank serves.

The 1 Million Meals program is a two-month campaign that challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to donate non-perishable food items or monetary contributions at any Arvest Bank location across the bank’s four-state footprint of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. 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. All donations remain local. 

For questions regarding photos with the Easter Bunny, parents may call (870) 449-7100.

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

 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Easter Bunny, yellville

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