In the River Valley, one in five adults and one in four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Arvest Bank’s Million Meals initiative is hoping to change those statistics by challenging community members in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas to help provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families in our area.
It’s organizations like the Community Services Clearinghouse who have been serving the community for over 40 years that need that extra support to keep families from going hungry.
“These are families of our pantries who have an income, they’re working, they’re doing the things they’re getting retirement checks but it just doesn’t stretch as far as it did 20 years ago,” Community Services Clearinghouse Executive Director Chuck Gous says.
“In addition to the monetary donation and the non-perishable food item, it’s also about awareness. What you’re doing here today is bringing awareness to the Community Service Clearinghouse. So what Arvest does will hopefully inspire other banks, customers, restaurants, or people to become donors and continuing helping what they need to do in the Fort Smith community,” Marketing Director of Arvest Beth Presley.
To donate, you can drop off non-perishable food items or make monetary donations at any of the Arvest locations.
Every dollar raised through Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.