Arvest Bank holding region-wide food drive

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BERRYVILLE -- Arvest Bank started the 1 Million Meals initiative three years ago to ask bank associates, customers and communities to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

This year's program was started on Sept. 4 and lasts for two months, ending on Nov. 4. Arvest is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and dry gods as well as monetary donations at any and all branches, including those in Carroll County.

There is one branch inside of the Berryville Walmart and another at 401 Trimble Ave. There's also the branch in Eureka Springs at 151 Van Buren Street. Anyone interested can also call 866-952-9523 to contribute or get more information.

All donations made through the Berryville branches go the the charity group Loaves and Fishes. Donations made in Eureka Springs will go to Wild Flowers Christian Outreach Ministries. These organizations are able to purchase food for hungry families at discount prices through places like Tyson Food Inc. and other whole sell vendors.

Also, every Arvest branch is selling 1 Million Meals paper plates for $1 throughout the two months. The plates are decorative and are placed inside the banks with the name of the donator on the plate. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

"We raised more than 1.38 million meals last year, and we provided more than 1.2 million meals in 2011," said Richard Kimberlin, bank president in Berryville. "Here in Berryville, every dollar donated or nonperishable food item contributed stays local. ... We are honored to join this organization in providing meals to hungry families."

The meals are counted as five times that of the money donations, so Arvest donated approximately $276,000 in 2012 and $240,000 in 2011, Kimberlin said.

Kimberlin continued to say that the individual branches will be hosting different fundraisers, but none have been officially established or scheduled, yet.

For more information about 1 Million Meals visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

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