Arvest Bank was scheduled to launch Monday its annual two-month Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves. Instead, the bank announced it will proactively provide one million meals in the fight against hunger.
In this, its 10th year, Arvest’s Million Meals campaign has raised a total of 17,068,971 meals, which includes more than $3 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.
Because of the effects of COVID-19, local food partners likely will see an increased need for the help Million Meals provides. Arvest encourages anyone who usually supports the Million Meals campaign through in-branch food contributions or fundraisers to donate directly to their local food bank or other appropriate organization if they are able.
“This donation allows us to help meet an immediate and growing need, and hopefully provide support for the weeks or months to come,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in central, northeast and southwest Arkansas. “The 80-plus food partners we support can provide five meals with every dollar that’s donated, so we are working toward keeping their shelves stocked for those facing food insecurity.”
The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact that hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2018, 11.1 percent of American households were food-insecure, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
KXMX News Staff
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