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Community Puts Boots to the Ground to Help the Hungry

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Last year, the presidents of Missouri State, Drury, OTC, Evangel and SBU gathered to collaborate on a way to make a difference locally and globally. The result? Stomp Out Hunger: The All Collegiate Shoe Drive. Shoes will be collected again this year at sites across the campuses from Oct. 1-25. Lora Hobbs, co-founder of Sole Food and instructor at Missouri State, and Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support at Missouri State University talk about Stomp Out Hunger and how it meets the needs of people.

Donate your shoes – or those from a garage sale or thrift store – throughout the month of October. Visit for more information.

The Meals a Million Food Packathon weekend will be Nov. 14-16 – with a goal of packing 1.2 million meals. To help out, visit

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.