Arvest Provides More than 1.8 Million Meals

Thursday, June 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Thank you for helping us raise 11 million-plus meals and $2 million-plus in seven-year history of initiative.

LOWELL, Ark. – Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Today, the bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,881,283 meals in the fight against hunger.

Launched in 2011, Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaigns have raised a seven-year total of 11,485,468 meals, which includes more than $2 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

This year’s campaign total of 1,881,283 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives in all Arvest branches throughout April and May. With summer here, the success of the campaign is especially meaningful because many schoolchildren will be without the meals they ordinarily receive at school.

We are thrilled to be able to provide – thanks to the hard work and generosity of our associates, customers and community members – these meals to our neighbors in need. We also hope 1 Million Meals has increased hunger awareness, and we remain committed to fighting hunger in our community long after this year’s initiative has ended. 

All money and food items raised through this campaign directly benefitted more than 70 different organizations feeding local communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2015, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. 

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

Colton’s Give Back Event in Harrison, Ark. Provides 2,220 Meals

Wednesday, June 07 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care to help reduce local hunger. 

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse and the Harrison community recently provided $444.07, the equivalent of 2,220 meals, to Ozark Share and Care after a one-day give back event hosted by Colton’s and Arvest Bank.  

Colton’s Steakhouse donated 10 percent of total meal sales from customers who dined in or placed carry out orders on May 30. The fundraising event was part of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that helps reduce hunger in local communities.  

“This donation will impact many individuals and families in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or who would not have had food otherwise,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We very much appreciate everyone who enjoyed a meal at Colton’s during this event, and we certainly appreciate Colton’s for supporting this community project.” 

Arvest Bank’s 7th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign is a two-month bank-wide effort to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of local food partners to help reduce hunger in local communities. All donations to 1 Million Meals in Harrison directly benefit Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization. The 1 Million Meals campaign concluded on June 3 and the total number of meals and amount of donations should be announced soon. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.  

The goal of the campaign is to collect the equivalent of 1 Million Meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state area.  

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Aaron Reddin Drives for a Better Future – People Helping People Series

Thursday, June 01 at 02:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Aaron Reddin spends his days serving the needs of the homeless. After working for years as a director for local shelters, he learned what homeless individuals deal with on a daily basis. That inspired him to leave his job and start his own organization* to meet their immediate needs. 
 
“It started with just emailing all my friends and telling them to cough up the coats they had in their closet one winter and loading it down in my Toyota Yaris,” Aaron Reddin said. “Just going out and finding people that needed a hand and needed a friend. And just doing what I could from there.”
 
He soon realized he needed a bigger vehicle to carry all the supplies. That’s how The Van* was created. Initially, Aaron received a well-used van from a total stranger who believed in the cause. Seven days a week, The Van provides clothes and other items to those who are homeless. He has since purchased a brand new van with cash from more than 500 donors.
 
The work of Aaron and his team give hope to those who need assistance.
 
Aaron’s work has expanded and now better serves those who are not close to a shelter, and who don’t have access to quality food.
 
“We’re about bringing dignity with stuff. So we said hey let’s start a garden. Let’s just start a garden and see what happens.”
 
“Never really thought it would turn into chickens and bees and all kinds of other things.”
 
As the garden grows, this food provides dozens of meals every night to the people “The Van” serves. 
 
Aaron knows the work is hard, but it hasn’t stopped him from trying to achieve his vision.
 
“My end goal is to work ourselves out of business. I would love for there to be no reason for this to exist because we did it,” Reddin said. 
 
Watch Aaron in action.
 
Aaron’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 

Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.  
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Little Rock, People Helping People
 

Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 11,420 Meals in Mountain Home, Ark.

Thursday, June 01 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home community disposes of 20,000 pounds of paper.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A recent Shred-a-Thon in Mountain Home helped the community destroy 20-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft. 

In exchange for free shredding provided by Arvest Bank and Shred-It, Mountain Home residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $2,284 in donations and 26 nonperishable food items for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 11,420 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and area backpack programs operated by other hunger relief organizations in North Central Arkansas. 

“This event provided a dual benefit; it helped protect our community from identity theft and supported school children who don’t always have enough food to eat at home,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our generous and caring community has once again pulled together to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need and we are very grateful to those who donated.” 

The Shred-a-Thon was one of several community events Arvest Bank held in Mountain Home in support of its 1 Million Meals campaign. Earlier this month, the bank’s annual Feed the Pack Day raised $18,295.82 and 3,557 food items in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas and area backpack programs. Volunteers in five communities collected cash and food contributions during the one-day donation blitz. Every dollar provides five meals to those in need, so donations raised from Feed the Pack Day will provide more than 91,400 meals for children facing food insecurity. 

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Mountain Home residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and other similar programs in the area. Every donation made in Mountain Home stays local.  

Donations may also be made 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. 

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Harrison, Ark. Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 4,610 Meals

Thursday, May 25 at 06:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Harrison, Ark., community disposes of 10,000 pounds of paper.

HARRISON, Ark. – The Harrison community recently shredded 10-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft and to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas.  

Arvest Bank and Shred-It recently held a free Shred-a-Thon event for the community, destroying more than 200 boxes of paper on-site. In exchange for free shredding, Harrison residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $922 in donations and 86 canned goods for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 4,610 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization.  

“This event combined two great services to the Harrison community, protecting our neighbors from identity theft, and supporting those who face food insecurity, all in one day,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We are very grateful to those who donated, and to Shred-It for their collaboration in an extremely important project.”

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Harrison residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of Ozark Share and Care to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. Every donation made in Harrison stays local.  

Donations may also be made 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.

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

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Local Charities to Benefit From Golf Tourney in Mountain Home, Ark.

Wednesday, May 24 at 06:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Registration for 21st annual event is open.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri, along with Ultimate Auto Group, will host the 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 

Proceeds from the annual tournament benefit up to three area nonprofit organizations that are chosen after an application process. The organizations that will benefit from the 2017 Charity Golf Tournament include Children’s Charity Ministry in Harrison, The Call of Marion County and The Call of Baxter County.  

Children’s Charity Ministry supports children and families in need through six different programs. The organization’s main objective is to provide food for children who are facing food insecurity, through the ministry’s backpack program that sends food home with children on the weekend. The Children’s Charity Ministry currently has backpack programs in six counties, feeding almost 600 children. The ministry also supports children with coats, clothes, hygiene products and other necessities.  

The CALL of Marion County and The CALL of Baxter County operate as two independent nonprofit organizations who share the same mission, “to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas,” specifically in Marion and Baxter counties.  

“This annual tournament is a tradition in our region, and I believe its longevity can be attributed to the fact that our collective communities feel a sense of responsibility and pride in knowing that they are helping others,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “As we surpass the milestone of hosting for two decades, I look forward to another fun and meaningful event this year.” 

For information on sponsorships or to register a team, contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com or by calling (870) 449-7164. 

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas

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