Local bank pledges to donate ‘1 Million Meals’ this spring


For the seventh straight year, a local bank is working to combat food insecurity in and around Fayetteville with an ambitious food drive.

Arvest Bank locations in NWA and the Fort Smith/River Valley region have pledged to provide one million meals to locals in need again this year as part of their two-month long 1 Million Meals initiative.

The bank will challenge their employees, customers, and members of the community to participate in a drive to collect non perishable food items and monetary donations at all of their locations in NWA and the River Valley from April 3-June 3. Organizers say every dollar they raise during the drive can provide about five meals for those in need. Last year, the bank says they were able to provide food and funds for more than 1.7 million meals as part of the program.

The challenge is in it’s seventh year this year, and will take place in the spring for the second year in a row due to and increased need for food items in the summer when children who depend on school lunches will be out for the season. Donations also tend to be lower this time of year, organizers say.

A list of partnering food organizations is here.

For more information about the program, or to get involved, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.