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All children should start school on equal footing.

First Day Shoe Fund is dedicated to providing new athletic shoes to school-age children in Kalamazoo County who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. We’re a nonprofit that believes all children should start school on equal footing.

WATCH: 10 Years Of Smiles

This year, we’re not just celebrating 10 years of helping students start school on the right foot with a new pair of shoes. We’re celebrating 10 years of confidence. We’re celebrating 10 years of smiles. We’re proud to share with you our anniversary video, where you can see the students’ smiles and hear a teacher describe how important First Day Shoe Fund’s mission is.

 

10th Anniversary Press Release

Happy Anniversary, First Day Shoe Fund!

class thanks2016 marks a whole decade of providing new shoes to school-age children in Kalamazoo County! Since our founding in 2006, First Day Shoe Fund has distributed more than 19,500 pairs of new shoes to students.

Throughout the past 10 years, we’ve expanded to support more school districts, partnered with many nonprofit organizations for distributions, hired a part-time Executive Director, and so much more.

Read more in our 10th anniversary press release.

FDSF In the News! Summer 2013

The Kalamazoo Gazette‘s Mickey Ciokajlo attended and volunteered at our most recent Summer Shoe Distribution.
First Day Shoe Fund provides tangible boost, real smiles for school children who need them