FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On April 2, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its eighth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal.

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Arvest is pleased to have raised 514,523 meals as of today, and thanks its partners, customers and community members for their generous support. Now Arvest looks forward to finishing strong over the remainder of the campaign.

Arvest branches have been participating in this initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 2, with the intention of reaching one million meals donated to the local communities Arvest serves in time for summer, when many schoolchildren do not have access to meals they ordinarily receive at school, and when many of the bank’s food partners face fundraising challenges.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families, and all donations benefit dozens of locally selected food partners.

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