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Five Ozarks colleges, universities unite to ‘Stomp Out Hunger’

Donations will provide shoes, clean water, food
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Missouri State students Kaitlyn Hahs (pictured) and Katie Brocaille collected 487 pairs of shoes for Stomp Out Hunger.

Missouri State students Kaitlyn Hahs (pictured) and Katie Brocaille collected 487 pairs of shoes for Stomp Out Hunger.

Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical College, Drury University, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University will present more than 9,500 pairs of donated shoes to Springfield-based Sole Food at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at Hammons Field. The shoes will be laid out on the field to spell “hunger” with an “X” through it.

Representatives of the partner schools will also make brief comments. The event is open to the public. Shoe donations will be accepted at Gate 1 at the event.

The donation is the result of the Stomp Out Hunger All Collegiate Shoe Drive conducted this fall by the five partner institutions. This is the second year the colleges and universities have come together to support a common cause. The joint community service project is one of Missouri State’s seven signature public affairs events.

The collected shoes will be donated to Sole Food, a project of Friends Against Hunger. Once shoes are collected, Sole Food – in affiliation with Shoeman Water Projects – exports those shoes to developing countries.

All 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 United States and around the world.

“Funds raised by selling these shoes will provide more than 29,000 meals through Friends Against Hunger,” said Lora Hobbs, Sole Food volunteer and MSU senior instructor of religious studies. “In addition, more than 9,500 men, women and children in a developing country will have shoes they can wear. More than a third of the world’s population doesn’t have shoes – we just made a big dent in that.”

Hobbs said Shoeman Water Projects uses their proceeds to build water purification systems for small villages in close proximity to one another in Kenya and Haiti.

“By donating used shoes, students, faculty and staff are providing not only shoes, but also food and clean water to those in need around the world,” said Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support at Missouri State University. “This project is a true embodiment of MSU’s public affairs mission.”

For more information, contact Wood at (417) 836-5073 or maryannwood@missouristate.edu.

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