Hunger Initiative Surpasses One Million Meals with Three-Plus Weeks Left to Give

Friday, May 11 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank announced in early April the beginning of its eighth annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need.

Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded one million meals, reaching the goal with more than three weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,002,353 meals have been raised.

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 2, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves later in the month.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

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Arvest Foundation Contributes to Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville

Friday, May 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Sooner Junior Miniature Golf will be receiving much-needed updates and improvements thanks to a $2,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Downtown Kiwanis Club meeting in Bartlesville. Annah Fischer of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The funds will help the Kiwanis Club install new turf and make various improvements at the Sooner Junior course.

“Sooner Junior has been a staple in family entertainment for over 30 years,” said Rachelle Wilson, president-elect, Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville. “Thanks to the Arvest Foundation, we can continue to maintain and improve this wonderful community facility.”

“The Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville is extremely grateful for our continued partnership with Arvest. The generous donation from the Arvest Foundation for the Sooner Junior Miniature Golf Course is just another examples of Arvest’s commitment to our community,” said Nathan Thompson, president, Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville.

Sooner Junior opened for its 2018 season on April 28. The course features 18 holes, and the funds raised from the course go to supporting local Kiwanis projects such as Kids Fishing Derby, scholarships and more.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” said Fischer, marketing manager, Arvest Bank. “Sooner Junior truly is a gem in our community. This donation is just one of the many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our community.”

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Forbes Names Arvest Bank One of America’s Best Employers

Thursday, May 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, the second consecutive year it has received the honor.

Arvest ranked 266th out of the 500 businesses – with 5,000 or more full- or part-time employees – nationwide that scored highest in an independent survey.

“Maintaining a culture that appeals to, and supports, our associates leads to having happy, loyal and satisfied customers,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “It is extremely rewarding to know our associates think so highly of our bank. It’s even more gratifying to see that translate into the way they take care of our customers every day. At Arvest, our commitment to the communities we serve and creating a positive, fulfilling work environment for our associates go hand in hand.”

More than 30,000 employees from 25 industries were consulted anonymously to compile the Forbes survey’s nationwide results. First, they were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best possible score. Participants also were prompted to evaluate other employers within their industry that stood out either positively or negatively. Furthermore, employees were asked 35 questions about work-related topics, including working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.

This is the third year Forbes has compiled its list of America’s Best Employers. Assessments for 2018 were conducted during a four-week period last year.

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Arvest Bank “Feed the Pack Day” Collects Record Donations

Monday, May 07 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank’s one-day donation blitz to help reduce food insecurity in North Central Arkansas resulted in a record number of donations to the third annual campaign.  

Volunteers in Mountain Home, Yellville, Flippin and Gassville collected $20,275 from residents in those communities. Those donations will provide 101,375 meals to local children facing food insecurity. For eleven hours on April 27, dozens of volunteers took shifts collecting donations at intersections and in front of participating stores.

All of the donations benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program, as well as backpack programs managed by other hunger relief organizations in the area. Through backpack programs, school children who face food insecurity are sent home with supplemental food on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and when they likely would not receive enough to eat at home.

“The generosity of our friends and neighbors in these communities is always encouraging and humbling, and are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to Feed the Pack this year,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “This is how we make a difference in our community and, most importantly, for the several hundred children who will receive the food these donations will provide, instead of being hungry. We certainly could not have reached this record number of donations without our wonderful volunteers for them, we are very grateful.”

Area schools and businesses also held change drives, give back nights and other events to help collect donations to Feed the Pack in advance of the event. For every one-dollar donation, hunger relief organizations are able to provide five meals to those in need.

“One-third of children in our area face food insecurity, so there is a very large and widespread need,” said Jeff Quick, chief executive officer of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “We see an increased need during the summer months so Feed the Pack will help all of the agencies in our area who provide a backpack program, support these children for months to come.”

Since creating Feed the Pack Day in 2016, Arvest Bank has now collected more than $57,250 in donations, which translates to a donation of more than 286,250 meals that were donated to local backpack programs.

Feed the Pack Day is one of several community events that are held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th annual 1 Million Meals campaign that challenges 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. The initiative is needed, as the United States Department of Agriculture reports more than 12 percent of American households surveyed in 2015 were food insecure.

The goal of the two-month, bank-wide effort is to collect enough food or monetary donations to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families. Donations to Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be dropped off at any Arvest Bank location by June 2 or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner, and customers who use the Arvest Go mobile banking app may contribute through the app on their smartphone. 


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Arvest Bank Cookout in Flippin Provides 3,250 Meals for Food Bank

Monday, May 07 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank associates in Flippin recently held a fundraiser cookout for Sematronix in an effort to reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas.

Arvest associates cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and provided side items for the employees. Sematronix provided a donation in exchange for the meals. The group raised more than $650, which will provide more than 3,250 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ Backpack Program, as well as other backpack programs in the area. 

“We are very appreciative to the employees at Sematronix who participated in our cookout,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “This is a great example of how a business can support the needs our local community. The donations from this one day are a great benefit to so many in our community who face food insecurity.” 

For every dollar that is donated, the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas can provide five meals to those in need. 

The cookout was held in support of Arvest Bank’s 8th Annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which continues through June 2. The campaign challenges associates, customers and the community to donate nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in the 120 communities the bank serves. Each community supports a local food partner, so every local donation stays local.

Donations can also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Arvest customers can also donate through the Arvest GO mobile banking app on their smartphone. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

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