Million Meals initiative exceeds goal with 3 weeks remaining in campaign

Arvest Bank has exceeded its Million Meals initiative goal with three weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,296,614 meals have been raised.Arvest Bank officials made the announcement of exceeding its goal Thursday, after announcing April 1 the beginning of its ninth annual Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 135 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need.

Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home, says this is one of the most exciting times of the year for the bank, as it works with multiple communities to raise awareness of food insecurity and stock the shelves of our local food partners. Gilbert says when you see the impact these donations make, it energizes you to do even more to help, and she says she believe that’s why these results are so strong halfway through the campaign.

Arvest branches have been participating in the Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 1, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves later in the month.

In Mountain Home, Yellville, Flippin, Bull Shoals and Lead Hill, Arvest is partnering with the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas for the Million Meals campaign. Every dollar raised through Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

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