Arvest Bank Kicks Off Eighth Year of Fighting Hunger

LOWELL, Ark. (KNWA) – Arvest kicked off the two-month, bank-wide effort Monday to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families, and it will continue through June 2.

The initiative is needed, as Arkansas ranks 5th among the most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Arvest 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.

On Friday evening, April 6, 2018, Arvest Bank is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Before the game, Arvest volunteers will be accepting donations to Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign while having a variety of information available.

All those who donate will receive a voucher for free admittance to a future NWA Naturals game this season.

Arkansas residents can also participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest branches in Northwest Arkansas or the River Valley or calling (866) 952-9523.

Kicking off our 1 Million Meals campaign is always an exciting time,” Rodney Shepard, Arvest Bank president in the Fort Smith and River Valley, said. “Our associates look forward to joining our local food partners, our customers and the community to fight hunger.

Each of Arvest Bank’s recipient organizations was selected on a local basis. To see a full list of these organizations click here.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

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