McGovern Legacy Projects

The McGovern Legacy

Livestock for Life

A man leading a cow on a rope

DWU students have partnered with McGovern Center supporters and local leaders around the world to alleviate food security issues through innovative, locally-led, and internationally-supported projects. In Uganda and Rwanda, Africa, we are working on food security issues that include school lunch projects and the gift of livestock. In both countries a local school parent-teacher organization works with the McGovern Center to select families in greatest need of food assistance. Small livestock (typically a goat) are gifted to a family. The family cares for the goat until it reproduces then keeps the primary goat and works with the PTA to re-gift an offspring to another family in need. 

The program has gifted more than 60 goats and four cows in Uganda and Rwanda since the project began in 2013. In 2015, the McGovern Center also created cooperatives to help manage the growing livestock programs in the communities and are supporting local animal care specialists to help train animal recipients to properly support, feed, sustain and grow their livestock operations. Each cooperative member also contributes a portion of his/her earnings back to the group and the group collectively decides ways that they can work together to support other community needs, like access to education.

Donations toward this project don’t just support a family in need, they provide them with the tools they need to build their future. A donation of just $50 supports the gift of one goat.

Give to Livestock for Life

"All That a Moo Can Do/A 'Moo' for You"

A display of books

Through colorful imagery and playful rhyme, a new children’s book tells the story of how one cow makes a very big difference in the life of a little boy

The true story of Haptamu, a boy in Ethiopia, is told in “A Moo For You/All That a Moo Can Do,” a book written, illustrated and produced by Dakota Wesleyan University students and their professor.

The book is on sale for $20 through the Campus Bookstore or at Amazon. The proceeds go to the McGovern Center's Livestock for Life program.

Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program

A man putting food into a bag

A nonprofit created in 2010 by DWU alumnus Cindy Novachich '90, the Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack Program  provides weekend food packs to local elementary children who are food-insecure. The program began being housed on campus in Hughes Hall in 2013 when the student business and entrepreneurial group, Enactus, proposed the plan to both Novachich and the university. Now, students from across campus, as well as community members, volunteer to pack food for the program.

Assistance at the Mitchell Area Food Pantry

Our local food pantry receives help from our students every week in their children’s food program.

East Africa Agricultural Development Project

DWU students are working to create school lunch programs and improve agriculture strategies with local leaders in Uganda and Rwanda.

Presidents United to Solve Hunger

DWU is one of seven steering committee members working to unite campuses from around the globe to solve hunger:

Universities Fighting World Hunger

Our student chapter, The Third Freedom, raises funds, helps with food-security programs, does research, and plans conferences related to food security.

Annual conferences and events

Civic Engagement Forum
McGovern Hunger Summit
Leadership, Innovation and Social Change Conference
Military Appreciation Day
State of the Union Event

McGovern Engagement Group

 Our student club that meets weekly to discuss current issues and arranges civic engagement events, promotes DWU at local government meetings and more.

Service-learning and Community-based education

McGovern staff serve as a resource for faculty and community members to adopt strategies that bridge classroom experiences with community needs.