Arvest Bank to provide ‘one million meals’ for local food banks


Arvest Bank was scheduled today to launch its annual Million Meals initiative, collecting food and funds at its local branches to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves.

Instead, in light of everything happening right now, the bank today announced it will provide those meals itself this year.

“‘People Helping People’ has been part of Arvest’s mission for more than 20 years,”said Donny Story, president of Arvest Bank Fayetteville. “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. 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.”

Instead of collecting food this year, Arvest is requesting those who typically contribute to the campaign to donate directly to their local food bank or other appropriate organization if they are able.

Since it began 10 years ago, 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.

Below is a full list of local food pantries supported by Arvest’s Million Meals program.

Food pantries supported by Arvest’s Million Meals campaign

Open Arms Food Pantry, Huntsville, Ark
Madison County Senior Activity & Wellness Center (Meals on Wheels), Huntsville, Ark
Springdale Public Schools (Jones and Tyson Elementary) Springdale, Ark
Feed the 479 (Compassion NWA), Springdale, Ark
Genesis House, Siloam Springs, Ark
GFA Pantry, Inc, Gentry, Ark
Farmington Middle School Ambassador Club, Farmington, Ark
Farmington Schools Lunch Program, Farmington, Ark
Grace Place, Lincoln, Ark
Lincoln Public Schools Backpack Program, Lincoln, Ark
Prairie Grove Schools Lunch Program, Prairie Grove, Ark
Prairie Grove Bright Futures, Prairie Grove, Ark
West Fork Public Schools Lunch Program, West Fork, Ark
West Fork Elementary Backpack Program, West Fork, Ark
Greenland Public Schools Lunch Program, Greenland, Ark
M&N Augustine Foundation, Fayetteville, Ark
Salvation Army of NWA, Fayetteville, Ark
7hills Homeless Center, Fayetteville, Ark
Life Source International, Fayetteville, Ark
Fayetteville Public Schools Outback Pantry, Fayetteville Ark
Elkins Senior Activity & Wellness Center (Meals on Wheels), Elkins, Ark
Elkins Public Schools Lunch Program, Elkins, Ark
Samaritan Community Center, Rogers, Ark
Meals on Wheels, Rogers, Ark
Helping Hands, Bentonville, Ark
Northwest Arkansas, Food Bank, Bethel Heights, Ark
The Ridge Community Church Loaves ‘n’ Fishes Food Pantry, Pea Ridge, Ark
First Baptist Church Food Pantry, Pea Ridge, Ark
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Berryville, Ark
Flint Street Fellowship, Eureka Springs, Ark
First Baptist Church of Lowell Food Pantry, Lowell, Ark
Maysville Bible Church Food Pantry, Maysville, Ark
Shepherds Food Pantry, Bella Vista, Ark
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
Paris 1st Christian Church, Paris, Ark
River Valley Food 4 Kids, Russellville, Ark
United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Waldron, Ark
Chalice Cupboard, DeQueen, Ark
Gracefully Your Foundation of Broken Bow, Broken Bow, Ark
Hand to Hand, Broken Bow, Ark