The “Backpack” Program

True stories about children on the Backpack Program

Across this great land there are thousands upon thousands of children who leave school every Friday and who do not eat again until they have breakfast Monday morning in the school cafeteria. This means that these youngsters miss seven consecutive meals. This “weekends-without-food” phenomenon produces a state of continuing malnutrition that results in academic and social deficiencies and failures.

Citizens through out the western Arkansas- eastern Oklahoma area have taken a stand to end such childhood hunger by adopting a simple and straight forward slogan that “No Child Should Ever Go Hungry.” From this slogan has arisen the Meals For Kids Backpack Program.

Open house at the Clearinghouse for Arvest Million Meals

Arvest's Bank 1 Million Meals 2018 campaign is in full swing.  Come on out to the Community Services Clearinghouse on Tuesday May 8th from 430pm till 7pm.  Spirit 106.3 will be onsite.  Refreshments are being served.  Tour the Clearinghouse. If you can't make it then...

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Game of Throws Raises Thousands

The Baggo Tournament sponsored by the Community Services Clearinghouse raised over $11,000 to support the Clearinghouse programs. We want to "Thank" all of our sponsors, players, and volunteers for making this first ever event a success.  These funds will be used to...

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Now That’s Special

The appreciation of the children for the Meals For Kids Program is evident. In one school, the formerly low-achieving children who were receiving the weekend meals approached their principal one day and asked “How do we go about forming our own club?” The...

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It’s a Gift

A new 3rd-grader by the name of Andy was enrolled in an area school, and an academic assessment was quickly conducted within a matter of days. Sadly, the results of Andy’s assessment were bleak and indicated that the young student would need special...

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