Our Services

All children should start school on equal footing.

First Day Shoe Fund distributes brand new athletic shoes through local school districts each fall. During the first two months of each new school year, we distribute shoes to qualifying families in all Kalamazoo Public Elementary Schools, Portage Public Elementary Schools, Comstock Public Elementary Schools, and Paramount Charter Academy. Throughout the year, we work with staff at KRESA’s WoodsEdge Learning Center to fit qualifying students with shoes. We partner with South County Community Services and Generous Hands of Vicksburg to distribute shoes during the summer Backpack Bonanza.  First Day Shoe Fund continues to help students in need throughout the school year whenever possible.”

Who Is Eligible For New Shoes?

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, as set by the federal government, are eligible to receive shoes from FDSF. Shoes are ordered and distributed through participating Kalamazoo County elementary schools.

Our impact

shoes distributed since 2006
shoes distributed in 2019
schools served in 2019

Our schools

Students attending the following elementary schools will receive sign up forms during the first week of school in September. Families should return these forms complete with student name and desired shoe size and gender. Shoes will be delivered a few weeks later to the child’s classroom:

Climax-Scotts Community Schools

Climax-Scotts Elementary 

Comstock Public Schools 

Comstock Elementary

Comstock STEM Academy

Kalamazoo Public Schools 



El Sol


Indian Prairie






Parkwood Upjohn

Prairie Ridge

Spring Valley




WoodsEdge Learning Center

Paramount Charter Academy

Portage Public Schools

 12th St Elementary

 Amberly Elementary

 Angling Rd Elementary

 Central Elementary

 Haverhill Elementary

 Lake Center Elementary

 Moorsbridge Elementary

 Woodland Elementary

Schoolcraft Community Schools

Schoolcraft Elementary

Vicksburg Community Schools

Indian Lake Elementary

Sunset Lake Elementary

Tobey Elementary


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