Arvest Bank announced in early April the beginning of its seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need. Last week, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded one million meals, reaching the goal with more than three weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,013,949 meals have been raised.

“Today we have to give the credit to our customers, our community and our associates for helping us surpass our goal of raising one million meals with time still left in the campaign,” said Kristin Mock, Marketing Specialist of Arvest Bank Springfield. “We’re honored to work with Ozarks Food Harvest, Christian Action Ministries, Harvest Church, Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry, Christian Associates, and L-Life Food Bank to help our community, and we aren’t done yet! We’ll keep working on their behalf to provide a much-needed boost during the summer months, when food supplies often run low and fundraising can be a challenge.”

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through June 3, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves later in the month.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

In Springfield, Arvest is partnering with Ozarks Food Harvest, Christian Action Ministries, Harvest Church in Aurora, Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry, Christian Associates, and L-Life Food Bank in Lebanon for the 1 Million Meals campaign. Springfield area residents can help by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any local Arvest branch, or by making monetary donations by calling (866) 952-9523.

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