Arvest Bank is partnering with the Salvation Army for the 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.
The Salvation Army will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made to Arvest Bank in Ada from September 5 through November 3.
“We are so happy to be chosen as a recipient of Arvest Bank’s initiative in our area. The funds and meals raised as part of this campaign will go toward helping so many families in Ada and just in time for the busy holiday season,” Jana Loyd, director, said.
Ada area residents can help support the Salvation Army by dropping off nonperishable food items or purchasing a 1 Million Meals paper plate for $1 at the Arvest branch in Ada during the initiative, or calling (866) 952-9523. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.
In its second year, Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign challenges bank associates, customers and communities alike to help fight hunger in the 90 communities the bank serves. Last year, Arvest banks, associates, customers and communities raised more than 1.2 million meals. This year’s effort will benefit 44 different organizations feeding local communities in four states – Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2010 report on household food security, nearly 49 million Americans are unable to get the nutritious food they need on a regular basis.