Missouri State University

Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive

Charitable old sneakers panned to the right

Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2013 

Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University, are joining together for a cooperative community service project, Stomp Out Hunger: All Collegiate Shoe Drive, Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2013. This project embodies the MSU public affairs mission and ties in with the 2013-2014 public affairs theme, “Global Perspective: Why it Matters.”

How Stomp Out Hunger works

The shoe drive will take place Sept. 28 – Oct. 19. Universities participating in the project will collect all types of wearable shoes (no holes, please). Shoe collection sites will be available across the Missouri State campus. A collection site will also be set up in BearFest Village during Missouri MSU’s homecoming festivities on Oct. 19.

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. 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, will export the shoes to developing countries. 100 percent of the funds Sole Food generates from the export of the collected shoes will go to Friends Against Hunger, a Springfield-based non-profit that packages and distributes meals to hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.

Attempting to set Guinness World Record

To add excitement to the process, Stomp Out Hunger will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest string of shoes! Shoeman Water Project set the current record of 12,481 pairs of shoes when they displayed the shoes at the University of Missouri on May 7, 2011.

George Hutchings, the "Shoeman," is excited for Missouri State to attempt to break the record.

“Records are made to be broken!” Hutchings said.

Hutchings believes that the more shoes that get collected, the more opportunities people will have to receive shoes for their feet and fresh water to drink. He plans to be in Springfield to witness the attempt.

While all types of shoes will be collected, only shoes with laces will be used to break the world record. The record attempt will consist of spelling out the words “Stomp Out Hunger” with laced shoes positioned toe-to-heel in a continuous string.

The shoe layout will take place at Hammons Field in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 26. The public is invited to view the process throughout the day.

Stomp Out Hunger T-shirts

Local social entrepreneur Bryan Simpson, owner of 5 Pound Apparel, designed a Stomp Out Hunger T-shirt. Each t-shirt purchased will provide 50 meals (packaged by Friends Against Hunger) to those in need, as well as promote awareness of the shoe drive.

T-shirts will be available for purchase at 5 Pound Apparel and the Missouri State University bookstore.

One million meals for Friends Against Hunger
Nov. 15-17, 2013

Missouri State partnered with Friends Against Hunger for the 2012 Community Engagement Project, "Meals-a-Million," and the 2013 project, "Stomp Out Hunger." As a follow-up to these projects, the Missouri State community is invited to help package one million meals for Kids Against Hunger.

The packing will take place Nov. 15-17 at the Springfield Expo Center. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate.

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Contact information

For more information about Missouri State’s Community Engagement Project, contact Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support, at 417-836-5073.