The Children’s Defense Fund reports in a 2020 study that 1 in 5 children in America live in poverty which can create a lack of access to basic necessities like shoes and socks. Additionally, Columbia University reports that since May 2020, the number of Americans in poverty has increased by 8 million.

Samaritan’s Feet has created the Shoe Locker to help address this growing need.

A Shoe Locker is a way to provide new athletic shoes to children as the needs arise. Kept on-site at a school, a Shoe Locker is a supply of athletic shoes which are immediately available when a student has improperly fitting or worn shoes.

Children in need can receive a new pair of athletic shoes quickly, allowing them to get right back into the classroom and right back onto the playground. We recognize that students’ needs can fluctuate based off their circumstances, but the Shoe Locker is a constant.

This program is built to ensure that children can learn, run, and grow with comfort and confidence. Individuals and organizations have the opportunity to adopt a school and make sure that every student has a pair of properly fitting shoes—that every student has the chance to learn, play, and be a kid.

Would you consider adopting a school? The cost of a Shoe Locker starts at $5,000 (it can increase based on variables like school size) which can be fundraised or sponsored. We have all the tools to help you adopt your school and make this program a success! You’ll find detailed instructions on how to set up your fundraising page and other helpful information in this toolkit:

Want to fundraise for Shoe Lockers?
Ready to sponsor a Shoe Locker?
Want to donate towards Shoe Lockers?
Shoe Locker Partners