FORT SMITH, Ark – Arvest Bank was scheduled today to launch its annual two-month Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves. Instead, the bank announced it will proactively provide one million meals in the fight against hunger.

In its 10​ year, Arvest’s Million Meals campaign has raised a total of 17,068,971 meals, which

includes more than $3 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, local food partners likely will see an increased need for the help Million Meals provides. Arvest encourages anyone who usually supports the Million Meals campaign through in-branch food contributions or fundraisers to donate directly to their local food bank or other appropriate organization if they are able.

“‘People Helping People’ has been part of Arvest’s mission for more than 20 years. That’s why we have decided to provide one million meals – in the form of direct monetary donations – to our 80-plus food partners as quickly as possible,” Roger Holroyd, president of Arvest Bank Fort Smith said. “The 2020 Million Meals campaign was scheduled to begin March 30 and last for two months, but we are providing this funding assistance because we believe our food partners need it now.”

In the Fort Smith and River Valley region, Arvest is providing funding assistance to:

United Way of Fort Smith Area, Fort Smith, Ark Community Services Clearinghouse, Fort Smith, Ark First Assembly of God Church, Mena, Ark

Johnson Community Foundation, Clarksville, Ark

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Paris 1​ Christian Church, Paris, Ark

River Valley Food 4 Kids, Russellville, Ark

United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Waldron, Ark

Chalice Cupboard, De Queen, Ark

Gracefully Your Foundation of Broken Bow, Broken Bow, Ark Hand to Hand, Broken Bow, Ark

The bank’s decision to provide one million meals was based on the fact hunger is an issue in every community it serves. In 2018, 11.1 percent of American households were food-insecure, meaning ​they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources​.

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Arvest Bank, named by ​Forbes​ magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 260 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.

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