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Jul222019

August Change for Change: First Day Shoe Fund

August's Change for Change supports First Day Shoe Fund. First Day Shoe Fund provides a pair of new athletic shoes to elementary students in Kalamazoo County who receive free or reduced lunch.  This program allows students to start school on equal footing.


As of 2018, First Day Shoe Fund has distributed over 33,000 pairs of shoes and this number is set to steadily increase as First Day Shoe Fund moves into additional school districts.  The impact of this program cannot be measured as a small thing (a pair of shoes) and has ripple effects in self-esteem, education, sports and teamwork, physical health and activity. 

Many parents in our community are making choices between buying healthy food and covering basic needs for their families.  By taking this one thing off their plate, First Day Shoe Fund complements PFC’s ends of creating access for all to food that is healthy for people, land and economy.

Not only does First Day Shoe Fund have a non-discrimination policy in place that covers all employees, volunteers, clients, donors and vendors, but it also seeks to include the perspectives of students and parents when they consider services and distribution programs.  In this way, First Day Shoe Fund hopes to help create a more equitable community.

For more information on First Day Shoe Fund, visit: https://www.firstdayshoefund.org/