“Like” Arvest For Hunger Relief

It’s tremendous to see a community-centric lender like Arvest Bank launch a hunger relief campaign this week aimed right where help is needed – at the local level.
The Fayetteville-chartered bank started its “1 Million Meals” effort Monday. It’s an incredible pledge to leverage funds and food during the next two months to create one million meals for the needy across the 90 communities Arvest serves in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
It’s a large and worthy footprint. All four states rate among the Top 11 on the USDA’s food insecurity list.
One of the key findings of a recent hunger-perceptions study commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center and Tyson Foods was that most Americans believe hunger is a problem – just not in their own communities. Yet, one in four Americans worried they would be able to put food on the table for the rest of 2011.
The study was done in conjunction with Tyson Foods’ year-long KNOW Hunger campaign.
Arvest will donate $1 for every “Like” posting on their 1 Million Meals Facebook page. Each $1 will result in five meals.
Arvest will use bank donations, in-branch fundraisers and non-perishable foods drives to fuel donations to food banks and other local organizations.
There are several ways to get involved:
• Customers can donate $1 or more by calling (855) 553-4056, and each dollar donated will help create five donated meals.
• Purchasing a paper plate for $1 at Arvest’s branch locations will support local food partners. Each plate will fund five meals.
• Dropping off non-perishable food items at Arvest branches. They will be delivered to the appropriate local food partner for distribution.
Arvest has also partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the AA-baseball affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. For each donation made at an Arvest branch, the donor will receive $1 off a Naturals game ticket. Donations will also be collected at Arvest Ballpark during the campaign.