The LifeSource mission is to strengthen our community by providing customized assistance to families in need. Our approach is balanced and holistic — we offer food, clothing, adult education programs, after school and summer camp programs for children, counseling, Senior Saturday lunches, and community outreach meals. We maximize the impact of every donation, helping to strengthen families and build our community. We serve more than 62,000 individuals, children, and families in need every year. We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who supports us. We couldn’t help so many of our neighbors without your generosity.
Arvest Bank in Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith/River Valley Region will partner with 29 local organizations, including LifeSource, for the 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.
Arvest is conducting its annual initiative in the spring for the second consecutive year because food banks report an increased need for food items in the summer, when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend. Donations also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year.
Partner organizations will receive nonperishable food and monetary donations made at Arvest branches in Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith/River Valley Region from April 3 through June 3. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need. In its seventh year, Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and make donations to fight hunger in the 120 communities the bank serves.
Last year, Arvest Bank associates and customers raised more than 1.7 million meals. This year’s effort benefits 72 different organizations in the four states – Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma – Arvest serves. In 2015, more than 12 percent of American households surveyed were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members. Additionally, Arkansas ranks 2nd among the most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.
Arvest Bank operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing.