Students in Harrison, Ark., garnered 869 food items for those in need in the community.
HARRISON, Ark. — In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of the 1 Million Meals initiative that challenges the community to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves.
As part of the 1 Million Meals outreach in North Central Arkansas, Arvest partnered with the Goblin Booster Club to hold a “Rally with the Goblins and Stuff the Truck” event at the Harrison Goblin Pep Rally on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The event featured Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell, who was recently crowned second runner-up at the Miss America Pageant. Campbell performed live for the crowd and was on hand to sign autographs and take photos with attendees.
During the pep rally, students, school employees and community members donated a total of 869 non-perishable food items to benefit Ozark Share and Care of Harrison.
“Participating in Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative has provided us with a great way to teach our students about giving back to the community and helping those in need,” said Kim Rosson, president of the Goblin Booster Club. “I am so proud of all those in attendance at ‘Rally with the Goblins and Stuff the Truck’ who donated food items to support Ozark Share and Care in their mission to fight hunger.”
Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign is ongoing through Nov. 1. Non-perishable food or monetary donations can be made at any of the four Arvest branches in Harrison or by calling (866) 952-9523. All local donations will benefit Ozark Share and Care.
For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.
About Ozark Share and Care
Ozark Share & Care is a community-sponsored non-profit started in 1987, and has grown to be an essential part of the Harrison community. Emergency food, clothing, household items, bedding, and furniture are provided as available for anyone in need. Proof of income is required to determine eligibility, and any person who demonstrates need for services will be assisted, regardless of race, religion, nationality, physical, or mental abilities. Funds to operate the program are generated through the sale of donated items in the 5,000 square foot retail thrift store located on the property. Donations of new and used goods are received daily, and are sorted and sold in the thrift store. In addition to money generated from the thrift store, donations are received from individuals, organizations, clubs, churches, and businesses.