Food Truck Day in Kansas City on May 19

Monday, May 15 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Bochi Food Truck will be at 9300 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign and locally, Harvesters  The Community Food Network*

Bochi Food Truck serves up boneless chicken wings stuffed with fried rice. These types of chicken wings are served all over the world, particularly in Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Check out their website* to learn more! 

Stop by our Blue Ridge location in Kansas City on May 19 to taste the Bochi Food Truck and donate to our 1 Milion Meals campaign! 

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas City

Anniversary and Shred Event in Belton, Mo.

Friday, May 12 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank will host a free shred event on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arvest Bank located at 305 N. Cedar St. in Belton, Mo. Businesses and the general public are invited to bring any personal or confidential documents that need to be disposed of properly, to help guard against identity theft. 
In addition to the shred event, our Belton branch will be celebrating their first anniversary with treats and fun! Throughout the past year, Arvest has hosted multiple community events at our Belton branch including a World Series trophy event and local author book signing. 
Although shredding services are offered free of charge, those who stop by are invited to make a monetary or food item donation to Harvesters — The Community Food Network* in support of Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign. 
This event is the final project Arvest Bank is holding to fight hunger in the Kansas City metro. The bank is currently accepting food and monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in the 120 communities across the four-state area Arvest serves. This initiative, known as the bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign, concludes on June 3.  
Be sure to stop by our Belton branch on June 3 for document shredding, fighting hunger and celebrating our branch anniversary!
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.   

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas City

Community Giving Day on May 12 in Kansas City

Monday, May 08 at 05:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
We’ve teamed up with four local radio stations in Kansas City to launch a Quest for 1 Million Pennies. That’s right, we’re on a quest to raise $10,000 through community donations, which will all culminate on May 12 — Community Giving Day. 

As part of this quest, Arvest will have four different radio remotes during the day on Friday, May 12. These remotes will take place at the following locations: 
  • Q104 from 11-1: 911 N.E. Sam Walton, Lee’s Summit, Mo. (lunch cookout)
  • Mix93.3 from Noon-2: 6300 Nall Ave., Mission, Kan. (lunch cookout)
  • KC102 from 10-3: 7401 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan.
  • KF94.1 from 3-5: 9221 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Mo.
The cookouts will include a complimentary hot dog, chips and cookie combo! All donations will benefit Harvesters — The Community Food Network and contribute to Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative. 

Join us at any of these locations on May 12 to help feed the Kansas City community and fight against hunger!  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas City

Q&A with Claudia Noakes with Harvesters for 1 Million Meals

Friday, April 21 at 06:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Harvesters* has been serving people in Greater Kansas City for 38 years. We’re happy they’re joining us once again in our 1 Million Meals initiative to raise one million meals for the children, elderly and others in need across our footprint.  

We sat down with Claudia Noakes, a volunteer with Harvesters, to learn more about her and Harvesters. 

What’s your involvement with Harvesters, and how did you get started?
As a single mother in the 60s, I struggled to make ends meet. Many of the current support programs did not exist at that time, so it was a challenge that I have never forgotten. In the last several years, job travel precluded my participation in the volunteer activities for Harvesters, though I could donate to the cause.  

Then, in 2012 I retired and began to volunteer immediately, first in the VEC (Volunteer Engagement Center) sorting and packing food for distribution. I rapidly expanded my participation in many of the area events supporting food drives such as Stamp Out Hunger, Community Can and Check-Out Hunger. In order to be more active in community outreach, I became involved in Harvesters’ Ambassador program. This group of committed volunteers is not only regularly engaged in food drives, etc. but also represents Harvesters at events, advocacy opportunities and supporting special projects.  

What’s a compelling experience you’ve had during your time with Harvesters? 
The most rewarding effort for me personally was volunteering to help with the 2013 Hunger Study and meeting with the volunteers and recipients at the various agencies in our 26 county service area. At one visit early in the program, I observed a volunteer who was joyously working so hard to help those arriving at this pantry. 

As the day’s activities slowed, I had the chance to compliment her on her positive attitude and work ethic and to thank her for her service. That is when she shared that her family also receives assistance from the pantry. Her husband is wheelchair bound due to an injury and unable to work. With five children at home, they cannot survive without aid. With tears in her eyes, she explained it is her obligation to help those around her and to repay in some small way for what she receives. 

Similar stories were repeated at the several agencies I visited. It certainly is a motivating factor to work that much harder to serve those in need.

How can people get involved with Harvesters? 
Oh, it is so easy!! Whether you want to contribute one time or on a regular basis, there is a suitable activity match for individuals as well as families and groups. Just visit* and click on the give time button. Volunteering at Harvesters is both fun and rewarding, and we look forward to seeing you.

We’d love to have you involved in our 1 Million Meals initiative to help Harvesters* 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, and click on the banner for 1 Million Meals to get started!
We’ll Donate $1 Each Time You:
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Like or share our 1 Million Meals Facebook posts.
  • Retweet our 1 Million Meals tweets on Twitter on April 21 and May 10.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.    

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas City

We're Fighting Hunger With Local Food Partners

Monday, March 27 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

With your help we plan to raise one million meals for the food insecure in the communities Arvest serves. This seventh annual 1 Million Meals initiative, taking place April 3 through June 3, will benefit over 70 local food partners. Find your city below to find out which organization will receive your nonperishable food and monetary donations.


  • Bella Vista – Oasis Food Bank
  • Bentonville – Helping Hands
  • Berryville – Loaves & Fishes
  • Clarksville – Johnson Community Foundation
  • Elkins – Elkins Meals on Wheels
  • Eureka Springs – Flint Street Fellowship
  • Farmington – George R. Ledbetter Intermediate School “Ambassador Club”
  • Fayetteville – 7hills Homeless Center
  • Fayetteville – LifeSource International
  • Fayetteville – M&N Augustine Foundation
  • Fayetteville – The Salvation Army
  • Fort Smith – Community Services Clearinghouse
  • Gravette – Maysville Bible Church Food Pantry
  • Harrison – Ozark Share and Care
  • Huntsville – Madison County Senior Activity & Wellness Center (Meals on Wheels)
  • Huntsville – Open Arms Food Pantry
  • Lincoln – The Grace Place
  • Little Rock – Arkansas Foodbank
  • Lowell – Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
  • Lowell – The First Baptist Church of Lowell Food Pantry
  • Mena – River Valley Regional Food Bank
  • Norfork – Food Bank of North Central Arkansas
  • Paris – Paris First Christian Church
  • Pea Ridge – Bright Futures of Pea Ridge
  • Prairie Grove – Prairie Grove Backpack Program
  • Rogers – Samaritan Community Center
  • Russellville – River Valley Food 4 Kids
  • Siloam Springs – The Manna Center
  • Springdale – Compassion Center of NWA
  • Springdale – Springdale Public Schools
  • West Fork – West Fork Elementary School Backpack Program

  • Caney – Another Chance Thrift Shop
  • Ottawa – East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN)
  • Pittsburg – Pittsburg High School

  • Anderson – Crosslines of McDonald County
  • Aurora – Harvest Church
  • Branson – Christian Action Ministries
  • Branson West – Christian Associates
  • Carthage – Carthage Bright Futures
  • Cassville – Cassville Community Food Pantry
  • Joplin – Joplin Bright Futures
  • Kansas City – Harvesters
  • Lebanon – L-LIFE Food Bank
  • Lockwood – Lockwood Ministerial Alliance
  • Monett – Pierce City School
  • Mountain Grove – Mountain Grove Love Center Food Pantry
  • Neosho – Newton County Food Basket Brigade
  • Nevada – Nevada Community Outreach
  • Nixa – Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Noel – Crosslines of McDonald County
  • Shell Knob – His House Foundation
  • Shell Knob – The Alliance of Churches Food Pantry
  • Springfield – Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Webb City – Carl Junction Bright Futures
  • Webb City – Webb City CARES
  • West Plains – Samaritan Outreach

  • Ada – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Bartlesville – Mary Martha Outreach
  • Chickasha – Emergency Food Pantry
  • Duncan – Christians Concerned
  • Elgin – Elgin Community Food Bank
  • Elgin – First United Methodist Church
  • Grove – The Christian H.E.L.P. Center
  • Jay – Caring Kitchen
  • Lawton – Lawton Food Bank
  • Miami – First Baptist Church of Miami
  • Miami – First United Methodist Church of Miami
  • Nowata – Living Word Church Loaves & Fishes Pantry
  • Oklahoma City – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Shawnee – The Salvation Army
  • Stilwell – The Adair County Resource Center
  • Tulsa – Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Vinita – Craig County Salvation Army
  • Walters – Walters Elementary School Food 4 Kids Program
  • Westville – The Hope Center
Stay tuned the next couple of month as we highlight the great work done by our food partners!
Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

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