Q&A with Jacquelene Ott with Johnson County Community Foundation for 1 Million Meals

Wednesday, April 26 at 05:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We’re kicking off our seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative with Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF), an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation, which  has been serving people in Johnson County, Ark. for 14 years. Our initiative seeks to raise one million meals for the children, elderly and others in need across the 120+ communities we serve in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Jacquelene Ott, executive director with JCFF, got us up-to-speed on the great work her organization is doing.

What's your involvement with Johnson County Community Foundation, and how did you get started?
I am the executive director of JCCF and have served as such for three years.Before that, I served on the board of directors for 11 years. I learned quickly that JCCF is an effective, efficient way to make the biggest impact for people in Johnson County in the most helpful ways. Understanding this, I have been a part of this organization now for the last 14 years.

What's a compelling experience you've had during your time with JCCF?
JCCF provides grants to all legitimate nonprofits in Johnson County, Ark., including schools, government entities, all 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, food banks, etc. As executive director, I have seen thousands of people fed during the holidays. I have had the pleasure of providing freezers to local food banks for added storage capacity. I have seen families lined up outside churches waiting for food. In particular, I talked with a little boy on Christmas Eve and told him that in just a few minutes he would be served a lot of wonderful food and sweets later. His response to me was extremely sad. He looked up and said, "I don't ever think about food, that way I don't get sick so much when I don't have any."

How can people get involved with JCCF?
We have a Stop Hunger Endowment that has a little over $1,000 spendable balance. If people could contribute to this endowment, the spendable balance will grow and (in tum), we will feed more people. We try to provide funds for food banks, churches, and school backpack programs twice a year to keep families and children fed as best we can.

To donate to JCCF:

  • Contact Jackie Ott at (479) 754-5842.
  • Contact the Arkansas Community Foundation Office at 1400 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201 or arcf.org* or (888) 220-2723. Tell them you want to contribute to hunger relief in Johnson County, Ark.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help Johnson County Community Foundation and our other food partners.  

Four Easy Ways to Donate:
  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523. Funds will be drawn directly from your Arvest account.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, P.O. Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Donate in a Branch – Stop by your local Arvest Bank branch. Cash and check contributions accepted.
  • Donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ – Customers can redeem points for a 1 Million Meals donation. Log in at arvestflexrewards.com, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
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Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fort Smith
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