Arvest Bank Hosts Free Shred-A-Thon in Mountain Home

Monday, March 25 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home.

Businesses and the general public are invited to bring any personal or confidential documents that need to be properly disposed of to help guard against identity theft. All documents will be shredded on-site so residents can be assured the documents have been destroyed.

Although shredding services are offered free of charge, participants are invited to make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Donations help provide food for the organization’s backpack program, and to other organizations across North Central Arkansas that operate a backpack program in conjunction with the food bank. Backpack programs provide snacks for school children on weekends when they don’t have access to school meal programs. In Baxter County alone, more than 600 children benefit from the backpack program. The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas serves tens of thousands of families across a nine county area.

“Several food pantries face challenges each year to keep their shelves stocked during the late spring and summer months when there is an increased demand for food,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our annual Shred-A-Thon event provides the community with an opportunity to reduce the chance of being a victim of identity theft, while helping local neighbors who are facing food insecurity.”

The 2018 Shred-A-thon resulted in 10,500 pounds of paper being shredded and cash donations that provided 13,500 meals through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This is the 10th annual event. Since 2010, more than 73,500 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In addition, more than $14,964 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.  

The Shred-A-Thon is one of several projects Arvest Bank is holding to help reduce hunger in Baxter County as part of the bank’s annual Million Meals campaign. The two-month campaign encourages communities to contribute food or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location across the four-state area the bank serves, through June 1.

One grassroots project exclusive to North Central Arkansas is Arvest’s “Feed the Pack” Day that will be held on Friday, April 26 this year. During this one-day donation blitz, volunteers in Mountain Home, Gassville, Bull Shoals, Flippin and Yellville will collect monetary donations at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Cardinal Dr. in Mountain Home and outside of Harps in Mountain Home and Yellville, Walmart in Mountain Home and Flippin, Harps in Bull Shoals, Fred’s in Yellville and SunFest in Gassville, all in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

“In 2018, we distributed 2.6 million pounds of food through the food bank alone,” said Jeff Quick, president and CEO of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. “While that is a tremendous amount of food, we still have a big need in our community. Food insecurity is a community issue that requires a community response.”

Local radio station KTLO will broadcast live from the Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to noon, with an opportunity for listeners to open the station’s popular treasure chest. There is a limit of five boxes per household for shredding. 

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 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.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

About Shred-it
Shred-it is the nation’s largest provider of on-site shredding services. Since 1999, Shred-it of Arkansas has provided document destruction services for hundreds of companies of all sizes across the state. Secure document destruction services provided by Shred-it are designed to ensure customers meet legislative requirements. The company focuses exclusively on secure, cost-effective, convenient and environmentally friendly document destruction services.

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