Arvest Bank and its employees take part in the “Million Meals” campaign every year from April 1 to May 31 to fight hunger in the four states they serve.
This year is no different and according to a press release, they exceeded the campaign goal by raising a record total of 2.4 million meals.
David Madigan, President and CEO of Arvest Bank Southwest Oklahoma, said this year’s campaign total of 2,468,873 meals was made possible through donations from the bank, Arvest associates, customers and community members through fundraisers, events and nonperishable food drives.
“We are humbled, year after year, by the success of our Million Meals campaigns. The dedication and generosity of our associates, customers and community members allow us to fight hunger on this scale,” he said. “Many of our neighbors in need will receive help thanks to those groups.”
The two local branches were ready to help local food bank Christians Concerned said Jessica Harmon, commercial loan assistant at the Main Street location.
“We are huge on giving back to the community that supports and brings in the business for us,” she said. “I’ve only actually been here with Arvest about three years, I’m originally from Tulsa. I’ve been doing this since I got over here and just the joy that these people receive knowing that they are able to give back to others — it’s just amazing.”
Harmon said she didn’t realize how many members of the community needed the help until the bank started doing work with other non-profits, like the United Way.
The Million Meals donations and food for our area included the Lawton Food Bank, Christians Concerned, Emergency Food Bank, Elgin Community Food Bank, and Walters Food 4 Kids for the campaign. The organization received all local donations, and this year 112,401 total meals were provided in Southwest Oklahoma.
Launched in 2011, Arvest’s Million Meals campaigns have raised a nine-year total of 16,068,971 meals, which includes more than $2.8 million in funds given directly to the bank’s dozens of local food partners.