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

Wednesday, April 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank and Shred-It will host a free Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arvest Bank branch located at 2619 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home, Ark. 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.

“Food pantries face challenges to keep shelves stocked throughout the year, but certainly 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 help local neighbors who are facing food insecurity; plus, we are trying to reduce the community’s chances of being a victim of identity theft, while protecting the environment through paper recycling.”

The 2017 Shred-a-thon resulted in 20,000 pounds of paper being shredded and cash donations that provided 11,420 meals through the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. This is the 9th annual event. Since 2010, more than 63,000 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In addition, more than $12,264 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 1 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 2.

One grassroots project exclusive to North Central Arkansas is Arvest’s “Feed the Pack” Day that will be held on Friday, April 27 this year. During this one-day donation blitz, volunteers in Mountain Home, Gassville, 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, Town and Country in Mountain Home and SunFest in Gassville, all in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.  

“In 2017, we distributed 2.7 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, the need is even greater and we’re challenged to fulfill that need 12 months throughout the year. 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. 

Tags: Arkansas, Mountain Home
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