Foti Shares Arvest’s Commitment to the Community

Friday, April 07 at 07:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Rick Foti may be retired, but he still carries a business card. 

"Rick Foti. Retired. 40 Years in Education. 8 Years Feeding the Hungry."

Those are the words on Foti’s card, and its sentiments resonate in a particularly strong way this time of year. That’s because the fact many children don’t have access to the same meals during the summer that they receive at the schools they attend during the academic year is one of the reasons Arvest Bank is conducting its 1 Million Meals campaign during April and May for the second consecutive year.

Foti served as CEO of Community Services Clearinghouse in Fort Smith, Ark., for eight years. Among its many programs that benefit five counties in Arkansas and two in Oklahoma, Clearinghouse currently serves more than 2,400 children with its Meals for Kids/Backpack Program.

When Foti retired, Arvest gave him two small tokens of appreciation for his impact on the community and fighting hunger in particular – an Arvest ball cap and an Arvest beanie. Since then, Foti has traveled all around the globe, taking his Arvest headwear nearly every step of the way.

From sporting the cap at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii to donning the beanie in Iceland, Foti has taken the Arvest name far from its four-state footprint. It was during a walk around his neighborhood lake, though, that Foti almost lost one of his treasured hats.

A gust of wind, it seems, blew the ball cap into the lake and out of Foti’s reach. Resigned to the fact he’d lost the cap, Foti continued his walk, only to spot it washed ashore farther along his path.

Now Foti is ready to take his Arvest caps on new adventures, and we applaud his spirit. More than his fun-loving side, though Arvest salutes Foti’s longtime commitment to his community, one that we and Clearinghouse share.

If you’d like to show your commitment to the community by joining our fight against hunger, please visit to learn how you can help. 
Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith
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