LAWTON, Okla._ Arvest Bank has kicked off their 1 Million Meals initiative and they're challenging bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves.
Arvest Bank kicked off the two-month, bank-wide effort to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families and will continue through October 31. The initiative will conclude just before Thanksgiving, when donations are presented to 59 local organizations who feed the hungry in their communities.
Arvest Bank in Southwest Oklahoma has partnered with five local organizations—Lawton Food Bank, Chickasha Emergency Food Pantry, Duncan Christians Concerned, Walters Food 4 Kids and Elgin Community Food Bank. All donations received will go to these five organizations to provide meals to local, hungry families. Southwest Oklahoma residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest branches in Lawton, Duncan, Elgin, Chickasha, or Walters or calling (866) 952-9523. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.
"We're thrilled to be kicking off our fifth annual 1 Million Meals campaign," David Madigan, Arvest Bank president in Southwest Oklahoma, said. "Our associates look forward to joining local food partners, our customers and the community in an effort to impact hunger at a local level.
"The food and donations we collect as part of this campaign will help provide meals for families right here in Southwest Oklahoma. It's a privilege for Arvest to join these five food partners in providing meals to families in need, and we hope our customers and community members will help us reach our goal."
Each of Arvest Bank's 59 recipient organizations was selected on a local basis. The initiative is needed, as 49 million individuals, including 16 million children, are identified as food insecure.