Our Response to COVID-19

Relaxed Eligibility Guidelines to Meet Additional Need​

First Day Shoe Fund is a nonprofit organization in Kalamazoo County that provides free, brand new athletic shoes for eligible Pre-K through 5th grade students in participating Kalamazoo County schools.  Students are considered eligible if the household income meets guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program (Free and Reduced-Price Lunch). 

However, due to COVID-19, all students with a need are eligible in 2020. 

Procedure in Place to Disinfect Returned and Exchanged Shoes​

Providing shoes for growing feet means we deal with a lot of exchanges.  All shoes that are returned to First Day Shoe Fund will be disinfected with anti-viral, anti-bacterial spray and quarantined for at least 48 hours before they are returned to the regular inventory.  

Exchange forms and information for parents/guardians will be provided with each pair of distributed shoes. 

Many of our schools are sponsored by local groups who provide funding for shoes and socks.

Updated Distribution Plan to Protect Students and Volunteers​

WHETHER OR NOT children return to school this fall, First Day Shoe Fund will be here to provide shoes to students in need. Distribution plans are still in process as we wait to learn about state, local and district guidelines.   

For the 2020-21 school year, FDSF volunteers will not be allowed to work in our partner school buildings.  There will still be volunteer opportunities at our headquarters in Portage. Personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks will be worn and small group sizes will be enforced to protect our volunteers and staff.  

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