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 and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

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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


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