The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted food insecurity in the state and across America. Organizations like food banks have been working tirelessly to mobilize food through distributions and pantries to give to families during this time.
Bank OZK has made contributions totaling $220,000 to 25 food banks in communities across the states of Alabama, Arkansas Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and New York.
Bank OZK’s contributions will provide over 1 million meals and feed approximately 526,219 individuals. The bank selected 25 local food banks with outstanding records of service in the markets it serves. Twenty-four of the food banks are regional Feeding America affiliated food banks. Feeding America is the largest provider of charitable food assistance in the U.S., including disaster and emergency situations.
In Arkansas, Bank OZK made contributions to the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc., Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Arkansas Foodbank and Harvest Regional Food Bank.
Arkansas Foodbank Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Sanders said, “We’re so thankful for Bank OZK and their ongoing partnership with the Arkansas Foodbank. These funds will help us continue to serve our clients in central and southern Arkansas safely and effectively through acquiring and distributing more food to our community partners, and helping us pack and distribute additional emergency food boxes for our COVID-19 response.”