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Arvest Bank Kicks Off 11th Year of Million Meals Initiative

Arvest Bank Kicks Off 11th Year of Million Meals Initiative
Hunger-Fighting Campaign Delivers Needed Funds During Summer Months
 
JOPLIN, Mo. (April 5, 2021)Arvest Bank kicked off its 11th annual Million Meals campaign today and it will continue through May 29. The campaign’s goal is to provide at least one million meals to those in need and it benefits more than 90 locally selected organizations throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint.
 
The campaign is particularly needed in Missouri, which ranks among the 21 most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
 
Arvest, in Southwest Missouri, will partner with Joplin Bright Futures, Newton County Food Basket Brigade, Monett Kitchen, Carthage Bright Futures, Lockwood Ministerial Alliance, Lamar Good Samaritan Shop, Nevada Community Outreach, Webb City Cares and Carl Junction Bright Futures for the Million Meals initiative.
 
Area residents can support Million Meals from April 5-May 29 by making monetary donations at Arvest branches and drive-thrus in Joplin, Neosho, Monett, Carthage, Lockwood, Lamar, Nevada, and Webb City or by calling (866) 952-9523. Additionally, customers can donate via the Arvest Go mobile app and Arvest Flex Rewards credit cardholders can log in to arvestflexrewards.com to redeem and donate rewards points.
 
Every dollar raised through Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families. While Arvest is unable to accept food donations in branches this year, customers and community members can donate directly to the bank’s food partners.
 
“We’re always excited to kick off our Million Meals campaign because helping those in need in our communities is a big part of who we are as an organization,” Chad Evans, Arvest Bank president in the Joplin region, said. “Our associates are excited to join our local food partners, our customers, and the community to fight hunger, and it’s especially rewarding to know everything we raise stays local.”
 
Arvest conducts Million Meals in the spring each year due to the fact food banks report an increased need in the summer, when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend. According to the Food Research & Action Center, in fact, only one child participated in the USDA’s Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2019 for every seven children who received a free or reduced-price lunch during the 2018-2019 school year.
 
For more information about Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.
 
About Arvest
Arvest Bank 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 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 a Deposit, Not Guaranteed by the Bank or its Affiliates, Not FDIC Insured, Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency, May Go Down in Value. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

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