‘Skip a Lunch, Give a Meal’ Benefits Local Food Banks

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‘Skip a Lunch, Give a Meal’ is part of Arvest Bank's One Million Meals initiative.

Instead of going out to lunch, Arvest and its food partners in Northwest Arkansas are asking everyone to visit the bank during their lunch break and donate the money they would have spent to the Million Meals campaign.

“For somebody who spends $10 normally for lunch, if they skip lunch today and give $10, that actually will provide 50 meals,” said Lisa Ray, President of Arvest Bank in Springdale.

Which means for every dollar raised, an equivalent of five meals is provided.

Arvest Bank's fundraising drive is a pledge to raise one million meals to benefit 44 local food organizations across four states: Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. These states are among the top 25 in the nation for food insecurity.

“One in four families experience hunger,” adds Ray.

The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is just one of the many local organizations benefiting from the One Million Meals drive.

“We're actually up in need 20 percent this year,” says Northwest Arkansas Food Bank Director of Development Melissa Vest.

Vest says the hurting economy will have them distributing more food this year.

“We definitely have a big need right now; we're expected to distribute about six million pounds of food this year," adds Vest.

More than 90 communities will benefit from the drive. The drive continues until Nov. 3.