Panthers Provide 21,750 Meals for Arvest Hunger Relief Campaign

Friday, May 04 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students throughout the Yellville-Summit School District recently held a weeklong change drive in an effort to raise money to reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. 


Students spent the week collecting 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 could collect the most change. The first grade class won the competition with a total of $926.43 for K-6th grades and the 12thgrade class won with a total of $377.19 for 7th-12th grades.

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.

The drive was organized and facilitated by the Yellville-Summit High School Interact Club. The monetary donations from the students will provide 21,750 meals to benefit 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. 

“Our students love serving others and being part of something that benefits their classmates,” said Liz Leatherman, elementary school counselor and program coordinator for the Yellville-Summit Food for Thought Backpack Program. “These students work hard to make the drive a success and having some friendly competition really makes it fun.”

The donation drive is one of many events taking place in North Central Arkansas in support of 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 nonperishable 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 arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app as well.

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

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Arvest Bank Teams with Tulsa Drillers to Support Hunger Initiative

Friday, May 04 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it will be the presenting sponsor for Friday Night Fireworks following the Tulsa Drillers game on Friday, May 18. The event will highlight and benefit Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative.


The 1 Million Meals initiative challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is needed, as Oklahoma ranks as the eighth-most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The fireworks show will start after Tulsa’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Arkansas Travelers. During the game, Arvest associates will man booths where fans can make 1 Million Meals donations and enjoy activities for kids.

Other promotions and events during the game include:

  • Fans will be able to register to win the use of the 20-seat party platform – including food and drinks – for one game at ONEOK Field, courtesy of Arvest and the Drillers. The winner will be announced during the game.
  • Arvest will make an on-field check presentation to The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
  • Any customer who brings a can of food to donate to the 1 Million Meals initiative during the week of May 14-18 will receive $1 off the purchase of that game’s ticket price.

Arvest is conducting its annual initiative in the spring for the third consecutive year due to the fact food banks report an increased need for food items in the summer, when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend. According to the Food Research and Action Center, for example, only one out of seven children who ate a free or reduced-priced school lunch during the 2015-2016 school year were reached by the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2016. Donations to food banks also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year.

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 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.

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Arvest Cookout, Lunch Delivery Supports Local Food Bank

Monday, April 23 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates recently took pre-orders for boxed lunches they cooked, packed and delivered to employees of local businesses, all in an effort to raise money for the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.


Boxed lunches included a hamburger or hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide 7,680 meals for the food bank.

“This was a great event to serve our community in two ways; our teams had fun catering to local businesses and we’re helping keep a continuous supply of food on the shelves of the food bank for weeks to come,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “We are just getting started in our efforts to help reduce food insecurity so there’s still time for anyone who is interested in helping to donate.”

Sponsors of the cookout included Allens Grocery Deli Meats Produce, Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill, Harps, Marion County Paving, Sonic, Subway and White Oak Station.

The cookout and lunch delivery fundraiser was part of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. Every donation supports the bank’s local food partner. 

Yellville residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at the Arvest Bank branch or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, yellville
 

Arvest Bank Adds Murphy and Rockefeller Jr. to Board of Directors

Monday, April 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Dr. Bruce Murphy and Winthrop (Win) Rockefeller Jr. have joined its local board of directors in central Arkansas.

Murphy is the CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital. In addition to training cardiologists from across the United States and the world on advanced interventional techniques, Murphy is a regular speaker on a variety of topics at both national and international conferences. He lives in Little Rock.

Rockefeller is the principle at Theseus Holdings LLC. He and his wife, Natalie, have two sons and live in Little Rock. Among other civic endeavors, Rockefeller is a board member for the Humane Society of Pulaski County, Easterseals, and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

“We are thrilled to add Bruce and Win to our board,” said Jim Cargill, Arvest president for central Arkansas. “Both men have expertise that will be invaluable to us here at Arvest. Additionally, they also are big and active parts of the community here in central Arkansas. There is no doubt they will be strong parts of our team.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest
 

“Egged” Yards Provide 3,000 Meals in Arvest Bank Campaign

Friday, April 20 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates in Harrison lent the Easter Bunny a hand last weekend by decorating homeowners’ yards with colorful, surprise-filled Easter Eggs for children to discover Easter morning.   

The project called “Egg My Yard” collected enough donations to provide 3,000 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local emergency services program that houses a food pantry and provides other necessary items.  

The event was a fundraiser for Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations to reduce food insecurity in communities.  

“This is a great start to our annual campaign and we hope to keep the momentum going during the next two months,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Our associates enjoy getting creative in their fundraising efforts, so we hope our friends and neighbors across the community will take part in these efforts to reduce food insecurity for the months to come.”  

Harrison residents had three decorating and price options ranging from an “egged yard” that included 35 eggs for $30, 55 eggs for $40 or 75 eggs for $50.  

Arvest Bank’s two-month 1 Million Meals campaign, that is in its eighth year, challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to donate nonperishable food items or monetary contributions at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state footprint of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas the bank serves. 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. In Harrison, Arvest Bank has partnered with Ozark Share and Care that will receive all of the donations made in the community.  

Since Arvest Bank began the 1 Million Meals campaign in 2011, the Harrison community has collected 181,830 meals for local food partners.  

Additional information on how to contribute to Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be found at www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

 

About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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. 

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Harrison, North Central Arkansas

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