Arvest Bank to support Community Kitchen

Friday, March 23, 2018

JOPLIN — Arvest Bank in Southwest Missouri will partner with several regional charities to support the 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide 1 million meals or more to those in need.

Arvest, which has a branch in Monett, 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. Donations also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year.

Recipients will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made at Arvest Bank branches in Monett, Joplin, Neosho, Carthage, Lockwood, Nevada and Webb City from April 2 through June 2.

Organizations receiving support include: the Monett Community Kitchen, Joplin Bright Futures, Newton County Food Basket Brigade, Carthage Bright Futures, Lockwood Ministerial Alliance, Nevada Community Outreach, Webb City Cares and Carl Junction Bright Futures.

Area residents can help support these organizations during the initiative by dropping off nonperishable food items or purchasing a 1 Million Meals paper fork for $1 at any of the Arvest branches in Joplin, Neosho, Monett, Carthage, Lockwood, Nevada and Webb City or calling (866) 952-9523 to contribute. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

In its eighth year, Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and make donations to fight hunger in the 120 communities the bank serves. Last year, Arvest associates and customers raised more than 1.8 million meals. This year’s effort benefits 75-plus different organizations in the four states – Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma – Arvest serves.

In 2016, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food-insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. Additionally, Missouri ranks among the 20 most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, serves customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations.