Arvest Partners with Cotter Schools for 1 Million Meals Campaign

Friday, September 27 at 10:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students at Cotter Schools in North Central Arkansas will be collecting nonperishable food items Sept. 30 - Nov. 1 in conjunction with Arvest's 1 Million Meals initiative. All donations raised by the students go towards their backpack program and help the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas fight hunger.

YELLVILLE, Ark., — In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of the 1 Million Meals initiative that challenges the community to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves.

As part of the 1 Million Meals outreach in North Central Arkansas, Arvest has partnered with Cotter Schools. The students will be collecting nonperishable food items from September 30 until November 1. All of the donations raised by the students go towards their backpack program and helping the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas fight hunger.

The timing of the initiative is critical as 50 million Americans lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis, and 17 million of those are children.

“Contributing to 1 Million Meals and our Backpack Program is a great way to teach our students about giving back,” said Don Sharp, Cotter School District superintendent. “The best way to teach the importance of community service is to get the kids involved. This campaign allows us to include the students, and we are excited to help the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas provide meals to hungry families right here in our community.”

By conducting this campaign, the district is eligible for the Spirit of Giving award, given by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.  This award is open to all school districts in the state of Arkansas. All food items that the district collects as part of the 1 Million Meals and Backpack Program will go towards their totals to be considered for the Spirit of Giving award this year.

Nonperishable food items will be collected at all Cotter Schools through November 1. Canned food items will also be accepted in lieu of admission at the Cotter Blue and White Game on October 19. Items needed include: instant macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, canned fruits and vegetables, crackers, canned soup, and peanut butter. For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

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