SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The 2019 Million Meals campaign kicked off only a few weeks ago, and has already raised a quarter of its goal to provide one million meals for people across the Ozarks.
Through the Mllion Meals program, Arvest Bank partners with thousands of volunteers and numerous food banks, including Ozarks Food Harvest, in an effort that spans across four states.
“Missouri ranks as one of the top 20 food insecure states,” explained Kristin Mock, marketing specialist at Arvest. “The areas that we serve are ranked fairly high in that, so it gets very local to make sure that all of the donations at each branch stay very close to those communities.”
Cash donations hold the most value, as a donation of just one dollar can be stretched to provide five meals. Canned foods and nonparishable items are also accepted at Arvest locations.
“The food banks can make those dollars stretch a little bit farther than you can when you go shopping for those canned goods,” said Mock. “So if you have nonparishable food items that you’d like to donate, we’ll certainly take those, but if you have a dollar that’s going to go a little bit farther.”
In 2018, Million Meals exceeded its goal when donors raised over 2.1 million meals for people across the Ozarks.