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Community Safety

Stomp Out Hunger shoe drive provides shoes, clean water, food

This fall, Missouri State University, along with Ozarks Technical College, Drury University, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University, will join together for a cooperative community service project. This project, “Stomp out hunger: All collegiate shoe drive,” embodies the MSU Public Affairs Mission as well as the 2013-14 public affairs theme, Global Perspective: Why it matters.

The shoe drive will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 19.

The collected shoes will be donated to Springfield-based Sole Food, a project of Friends Against Hunger. Once shoes are collected Sole Food, in affiliation with Shoeman Water Projects (who provides shipping of the shoes to the port in Miami), exports those shoes to developing countries. One hundred percent of the funds Sole Food generates from the export of their collected shoes goes to Friends Against Hunger, a Springfield-based non-profit that packages and distributes meals to hungry people in the US and around the world.

By donating used shoes, students, faculty, and staff will provide not only shoes, but also food and clean water to those in need around the world.

Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support at Missouri State, discusses the project.