On April 1, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its ninth annual Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in more than 135 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or half of its goal. “We are thrilled to announce the Million Meals campaign has raised more than 500,000 meals at this point,” Beth Presley, Marketing Director of Arvest Bank Fort Smith Region, said. “We thank all of our partners, customers and community members for the generous support they have shown. Every single donation made so far will help us reach our goal of raising one million meals, and we look forward to realizing that goal sometime within the next month.” Arvest branches have been participating in this initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 1, with the intention of reaching one million meals donated to the local communities Arvest serves in time for summer, when many school children do not have access to meals they ordinarily receive at school, and when many of the bank’s food partners face fundraising challenges. Arvest in Paris, Arkansas has partnered with First Christian Church Food Bank, and Paris, County Line and Scranton School Districts for the duration of the initiative. All donations received will go to these food partners to provide meals to local, hungry families. Paris and surrounding communities can participate in Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest branches or calling (866) 952-9523 or using the Arvest Go mobile app. Every dollar raised through Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need. For more information about Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals. About Arvest Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, 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 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. About Arvest Wealth Management