Pack the Shack

September 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Arvest Kicks Off Fifth Year of Fighting Hunger

FORT SMITH, AR, (Aug 26, 2015) — Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals initiative 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 49 million individuals, including 16 million children, are identified as food insecure. 1

Arvest Bank kicks off the two-month, bank-wide effort to provide at least one million meals to local, hungry families on Sept. 2nd and will continue through Oct. 31st. The initiative will conclude just before Thanksgiving, when donations are presented to 59 local organizations who feed the hungry in their communities.

The official kick off for the initiative is September 2nd at all Arvest Bank branches. On September 10th starting at 2:00pm Arvest Bank in Fort Smith and Smith Chevrolet are partnering with The Pack Shack to Feed the Funnel at the Smith Chevrolet showroom located at 6500 Autopark Dr in Fort Smith. Arvest and Smith Chevrolet’s associates will be striving to pack 10,000 nutritious meals in one hour. These meals consist of rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and 21 vitamins and minerals. The meals will be distributed directly from the Feed the Funnel party to Community Services Clearinghouse and River Valley Regional Food Bank, Arvest Bank’s local food partners for the 1 Million Meals initiative. During the Feed the Funnel party a check will be presented to Community Services Clearinghouse and River Valley Regional Food Bank. The media is invited to attend this event and participate. Learn more about The Pack Shack at www.thepackshack.org.

“The Smith Auto Group family is excited to join Arvest Bank in being part of the Pack Shack! Please join us for some fun and fellowship at our Feed the Funnel party- let’s get the party started!” John M Smith Jr., owner of Smith Auto Group stated.

“Arvest is truly excited to be partnering with Smith Chevrolet in the Feed the Funnel party this year to help us kick off our 1 Million Meals initiative,” Beth Presley, Marketing Director of Arvest Bank Fort Smith and the River Valley Region said. “The only way that we can tackle the problem of hunger is to get everyone in the community involved.”

Arvest Bank in the Fort Smith/River Valley Region has partnered with Community Services Clearinghouse, River Valley Regional Food Bank and River Valley Food 4 Kids in Russellville during the duration of the initiative. All donations received will go to these three organizations to provide meals to local, hungry families. Fort Smith and River Valley Region residents can participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest branches in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Russellville, Clarksville, Paris, Mena, and Greenwood branches in Arkansas or at Sallisaw and Poteau Arvest branches in Oklahoma, or by calling (866) 952-9523. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

“We’re delighted to be kicking off our fifth annual 1 Million Meals campaign,” Beth Presley, Marketing Director of Arvest Bank Fort Smith and River Valley Region said. “Our associates look forward to joining our food partners, our customers and the community in an effort to impact hunger at a local level. The donations we raise here in the Fort Smith and River Valley Region stay local and benefit three great organizations: Community Services Clearinghouse, River Valley Regional Food Bank and River Valley Food 4 Kids. It’s a privilege for Arvest to join these three organizations 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.

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