Drury Impact Project

Every year a social issue is identified and integrated throughout the university.  Students participate in community service projects and educational programs to raise awareness and make a difference.  The social issue for the 2013-2014 year is Hunger.

For reoccurring, monthly service activities which support the mission of the Drury Impact Project visit the Project Panthers page.

Upcoming Events

Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive benefitting Sole Food

Join Drury University, Missouri State, Ozarks Technical College, Evangel and Southwest Baptist University in making a difference in the global community through the Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive benefiting Sole Food.  For this event, the campus communities will be collecting used shoes to donate to Sole Food. Sole Food is a local project that partners with and benefits Shoeman Water Projects and Friends Against Hunger to reduce hunger locally and internationally one shoe at a time.

Through Sole Food, one pair of shoes provides three meals, supports job creation in underdeveloped countries, supports clean water initiatives through Shoeman Water Project, and is worn by someone who needs them!  Who knew one pair of shoes could do so much? Any types of shoes are accepted!

To donate, bring your shoes to Drury and place them in one of the designated bins located across campus.The deadline to donate shoes is October 25th.To learn how Sole Food turns your donated shoes into resources to help fight hunger, visit their website.

Panther Run benefitting Care to Learn
October 5th, 2013 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Care to Learn provides immediate funding  to meet  emergent health, hunger, and hygiene needs so every child can be successful in school. A toothbrush. A coat. Deodorant. Breakfast. These are the things that stand between children and belonging—basic unmet needs that cause pain and embarrassment.

The Panther Run is a 5k, 10k, and 15k race put on here at Drury University to benefit Care to Learn .  Sign up to run or work this event.  To sign up to volunteer, run, walk or stroll visit the Panther Run website http://www.panther-run.com/

TOM’s founder comes to Springfield
November 11th at 7 p.m.
JQH Arena at Missouri State

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, is coming to JQH Arena at MSU  to speak about his book, Start Something That Matters, and his experience starting TOMS. This event is part of   Drury’s Convocation Theme Year, the Morality of Wellness as well as Missouri State University’s Convocation Lecture. Attendance is free, but a ticket is required.  Tickets will be available in the Dean of Students office on October 15.

Meals a Million Packathon
November 15-17

Join us as we make our return trip to the 2nd Annual Meals a Million Packathon hosted by Friends Against Hunger.Last year over 300 Drury students participated.  To see images from last year’s event visit this page.Check back to find out information on how to register.

Swipe Is Right
April 9th

Donate a meal to Victory Mission’s homeless shelter by donating a swipe of your meal card.  Swipe outside of the Commons during lunch of dinner.  Free lanyards to those who donate.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet
April 10th at 5:30 p.m. 
FSC Ballroom

A dinner that motivates you to think differently about poverty.  Swipe your meal card to receive dinner while hearing guest speakers present on the topic of world hunger. 

Hosted by ONE Drury, the student organization devoted to raising awareness of global poverty.  RSVP’s are appreciated but not mandatory.  Please email leadership@drury.edu

SNAP Challenge
April 14th-18th

The SNAP Challenge raises the question, how can one consume a healthy, well balanced diet by living off of $4.50 a day for food?  $4.50 a day is what is allotted to those who utilize food stamps, the government funded food assistance program.  Try the challenge and share your experience with us to be eligible to receive prizes. 

The challenge runs the week of April 14th.  Participants can perform the challenge for one day, or all week.  Experiences should be shared by posting on our Facebook page or by emailing leadership@drury.edu.

What do you know about hunger?
April 14th-18th

This interview series will take place across campus during the week of April 14th.  The Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development is hitting the streets, well sidewalks, to hear your thoughts about hunger.  Is what you think the truth?  We will find out how informed Drury students are in regards to global and local hunger.  Students who participate in the interview series will be eligible to receive prizes.  Students can participate on the sidewalks of Drury, or by setting up an interview time.  Results of the series will be shared on our website and our Facebook page.  Email leadership@drury.edu to set up an interview time.

Hungry for Rice Trivia Night
May 1st at 7:00 p.m.
FSC Ballroom

Utilizing freerice.com Drury teams will compete to see who can answer the most trivia questions in 30 minutes.  For every correct answer, rice is donated to the World Food Programme.  Music and snacks will be provided.  Teams can be 2-3 Drury students.  To sign up your team email leadership@drury.eu by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30th.  Teams must bring their own laptops to participate.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will receive prizes.