More than 50,000 food insecure people live in Northwest Arkansas and 20,000 of them under 18.
But now you have the chance to help fight this issue in our area.
Arvest Bank’s Million Meals Initiative is hoping to lower those numbers by challenging community members in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley to help provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families in our area.
Donations benefit school summer programs and local food pantries like the United Way in Fort Smith.
“What we’re doing with our United Way partnership using our Million Meals dollars we’re given each year is just giving opportunities for healthy food choices,” United Way of Fort Smith president Eddie Lee Herndon says.
“We are going to use the money to buy healthy ingredients, to create these healthy meals and snacks,” Southside High School teacher Meagan Thompson says. “We’re also going to use the money to go on community-based instruction trips to teach the students how to shop for these items. We’ll also be able to tie in all the things we learn from Arvest about budgeting, how to use our money, how to count money.”
To get involved with the initiative, drop off non-perishable food items or make monetary donations at any Arvest location.
Every dollar raised through Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.