Bankers Give Back: Arkansas Bankers Hold Summer Snack Drive in Conjunction with Annual Convention

April 6, 2018

More than 300 Arkansas bankers participated in a Summer Snack Drive for the Arkansas Food Bank April 3-4 at the 2018 Arkansas Bankers Association Annual Convention. In total, the bankers brought in 530 meals during the two-day event, which marks the second “Bankers Give Back” campaign hosted by the Association.

“Giving is ingrained into the DNA of every banker. We want to help the 25% of Arkansas kids that don’t have adequate access to food when school is not in session. With summer just around the corner, we wanted to help Arkansas families stock their pantries, and lift a little stress from the parents who are doing their best to provide for their families,” said Bill Holmes, President and CEO of the Association. “There are more than 20,000 bankers serving in the communities across our state, so partnering with an organization that has an equally broad reach made perfect sense.”

The Arkansas Food Bank works with communities to ensure that children have adequate access to nutritious food — whether at home during the weekend, after school, or through the summer. The Food Bank distributes enough food for 57,000 meals per day, and set a record of distributing 26.5 million pounds of food in 2017.

The snack drive segued into a “Bankers Give Back” panel discussion featuring bankers Darrin Williams, Southern Bancorp, Little Rock; Don Gibson, Legacy National Bank, Springdale; and Jim Cargill, Arvest Bank, Little Rock.

“As bankers, we have the opportunity and responsibility to be a positive influence in the community’s growth and prosperity. Part of that role goes beyond providing capital for business investments in jobs and facilities, loans to buy homes and send kids to college. The role also includes a social responsibility to participate and many times lead the efforts to improve the lives of all people in the communities we serve,” said Gibson. “Our involvement with the community as a bank, and individually, fosters a since of pride and connection.”

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