First Security creates cookbook to benefit Arkansas Foodbank

Recognized throughout the state for its Teal Grill, First Security Bank knows a thing or two about cooking.

Now, in time for the holidays, employees and customers of First Security Bank from banking centers across Arkansas have contributed their favorite recipes for a cookbook to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank.

In addition to a section featuring Teal Grill recipes, the cookbook features other sections unique to the First Security community. Gold Club members submitted family recipes passed down from generation to generation while Kids Club members submitted recipes in simple terms other kids can follow. Additional sections include everything from appetizers to desserts — for more than 1,900 recipes.

More than half a million Arkansans live in poverty and experience hunger, according to the Arkansas Foodbank. In its 33-county service area, 245,000 people are considered “food insecure,” which means they struggle to put food on the table. Arkansas has the nation’s highest rate of hunger (17.7 percent) and the highest rate of childhood hunger (24.4 percent). The Foodbank serves 23,000 people a week through approximately 300 agencies.

“Investing in Arkansas is First Security’s mission,” said First Security Bancorp Chairman/CEO Reynie Rutledge. “But it’s not just something we say. We believe in what the Arkansas Foodbank does, and we want to do our part to help their mission. We know our customers will also be glad for the opportunity to support the Foodbank’s important work.”

Shelly Lane, strategic relationship director for the Foodbank, said, “We’re very excited about First Security Bank adopting us as their cause. For every $1 raised, we provide three meals, and that means a great deal to us.”

Although First Security has previously participated in Golf for Food and Empty Bowls — the Foodbank’s largest fundraisers — this is the first time the organization has held a fundraiser of its own. “This year hunger numbers have increased as contributions from vendors have decreased,” Lane said.” She added that donations are especially appreciated given the current economic circumstances.

Cookbook pre-orders are now available at all First Security Bank locations throughout Arkansas. Visit for a complete listing of banking centers. The cookbooks will be available for pick-up beginning Thursday, Dec. 15 – just in time for that perfect holiday gift for family and friends. The price is $16 per cookbook or two for $30. The supply is limited, and they are only available for a limited time, so customers are encouraged to pre-order soon to reserve a copy.

The Arkansas Foodbank has been fighting hunger in Arkansas since 1984. In 2010, the nonprofit organization distributed 13.2 million pounds of food to approximately 300 member agencies in central and southern Arkansas and to the state’s five other regional Feeding America food banks. The Arkansas Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief food bank network. It also is a founding member of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, a statewide organization with the goal of maximizing efficiency and equitability by procuring, distributing and transporting food to all counties in Arkansas.