Arvest Bank Donates More than $12,600 to Regional Food Bank

Bank, Employees Are Committed to Helping Hungry Oklahomans

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 31, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has been awarded $12,636 from Arvest Bank as part of the financial institution’s annual 1 Million Meals initative. This donation will provide the equivalent of more than 63,000 meals for children, families and seniors struggling with hunger.

“Arvest Bank is committed to helping our neighbors in need of food assistance,” said Brenda Gauntt, Oklahoma City marketing manager for Arvest Bank. “We are proud of our employees who not only give to support the 1 Million Meals initiative, but also help to raise awareness about food insecurity in our communities.”

Since 2011, Arvest Banks has donated nearly $124,000 for the Regional Food Bank.

“I want to thank Arvest Bank, and its customers, for helping us fight hunger in Oklahoma,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “One in six Oklahomans faces hunger every day.  Arvest Bank’s generous donation will help our neighbors struggling to put food on the table.”

Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals initiative invited 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.  In total, enough food and funds were raised to provide more than 1.8 million meals for Americans in need of food assistance in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Thanks to support from individual donors and businesses like Arvest Bank, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed 126,000 Oklahomans each week in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma.

It’s never too late to join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. Each dollar donated provides the equivalent of five meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, call 405-600-3136 or visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.  

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, 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. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

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