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Bank raises money for food pantry

<p>First Security Bancorp Chairman/CEO Reynie Rutledge presents Arkansas Foodbank with a $25,000 check recently &#8212; the proceeds from more than 5,000 cookbooks sold by the bank. </p>

First Security Bancorp Chairman/CEO Reynie Rutledge presents Arkansas Foodbank with a $25,000 check recently — the proceeds from more than 5,000 cookbooks sold by the bank.

Firnst Security Bank has donated $25,000 to help the Arkansas Foodbank provide 75,000 meals to hungry Arkansans, icluding some in Van Buren County.
The What’s Cookin’ at First Security cookbook features more than 2,000 recipes contributed by employees and customers. The idea originated with employees as an opportunity to give to Arkansas Foodbank. The money will be distributed among the Foodbank’s member agencies and through the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, which includes the Choctaw Food Bank, Arkansas Foodbank, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, and Northwest Arkansas Foodbank.

“We believe in what the Arkansas Foodbank does, and we wanted to do our part to help their mission,” said the bank’s Cheryl Ragland.

The cookbook fundraiser was entirely employee-driven, from the original idea to gathering recipes and creating promotional pieces, to producing the cookbook itself and encouraging sales.

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