Arvest Encourages Communities to “Feed the Pack” April 26

Friday, March 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

One-day donation drive to help reduce food insecurity locally

Arvest Bank associates and community volunteers will be stationed at major intersections and storefronts across Baxter and Marion Counties Friday, April 26, for the 4th Annual “Feed the Pack Day,” to collect monetary donations in an effort to reduce food insecurity in North Central Arkansas.

All donations benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ Backpack Program that serves more than 600 children in Baxter and Marion counties alone. Donations also benefit several other organizations in the area that operate backpack programs. Such programs provide food for school children who face food insecurity on weekends and holidays when they don’t have access to school meal programs.

Volunteers will be located at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They also will be located outside Harp’s in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Fred’s in Yellville, SunFest in Gassville and Harp’s in Bull Shoals, all between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“This is an opportunity in which a small donation can make a big impact. I hope our friends and neighbors will consider making a generous gift so we can reach a new milestone for the children of North Central Arkansas,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “One dollar translates into five meals for those facing food insecurity. We’re excited about what this day will bring and we are grateful to everyone in our communities who are contributing in any way toward this effort.”

Since Feed the Pack began in 2016, more than $59,000, which provided more than 295,000 meals, and 4,300 nonperishable food items have been collected during the one-day donation drive.

Donation updates to Feed the Pack will be provided throughout the day at, and hourly on KTLO radio, with the final total being announced at 7 p.m. on KTLO.

The initiative is held in support of Arvest Bank’s 9th Annual Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to reduce hunger in the more than 135 communities the bank serves.

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide Million Meals campaign is to collect enough food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. In 2018, more than 2.1 million meals were donated in conjunction with the campaign.

Donations to Million Meals may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 1 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers may donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting and clicking on the Million Meals banner.

For more information on the Million Meals campaign, visit

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.


Tags: 1 Million Meals, Mountain Home, North Central Arkansas
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