President’s Day of Service - Ozarks Food Harvest

It is not often that students have the ability and opportunity to interact with their professors outside of the classroom. However, the chance to interact with professors outside of class is one of the many benefits and rewards of attending Drury University.

On Wednesday, September 18th, fifteen Breech School of Business students and faculty members joined together to volunteer their time and talent at a Southwest Missouri, non-profit organization. As part of Drury University’s President’s Day of Service, leaders in Breech decided it would be appropriate to both host a food drive for a local kid’s café, and volunteer to sort donated goods at a food bank.

The Ozarks Food Harvest food bank serves 28 Southwest Missouri counties, and over 250 hunger relief organizations in the area. At the food bank, students and professors joined together to sort thousands of pounds of canned food, boxed food, toiletries, bottled water, juice, and many other items donated by local vendors. It was a great experience, as well as a lot of fun.

The experience allowed undergraduate, graduate, transfer, evening college and international business students the opportunity to work and socialize with one another and faculty members.  The various theories and methods we are studying in our business courses maximized productivity and job satisfaction in our food sorting duties. At the end of the volunteer shift, students and faculty alike understood the importance of volunteer service having sorted 8,555 pounds of food. This event was another reminder of why it is so vital to give back to others, as others have given so much to us throughout our lives.

This volunteer opportunity was a real-life demonstration of how Breech professors are constantly “preparing ethical leaders for the global business community." Thank you to Dr. Clifton Petty, Dr. Michael Shirley, Dr. James Simmerman, and Dr. Robin Sronce for investing your time by participating in this volunteer opportunity with Breech students. We speak on behalf of the students who participated,  we will encourage many more to participate in this rewarding experience. More information about the Ozarks Food Harvest can be found at: www.ozarksfoodharvest.org

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By J.D. Mahaffey, Finance & Management ’15 and Robin Shaeffer, B.B.A. ‘14