As a new school year approaches, we are excited to announce our Back to School Shoes event is back, aimed at ensuring every child starts school with confidence. We have events in 5 counties!

Event Dates

Mark your calendars for these important dates and locations:

  • Benzie County – July 29th
  • Leelanau County – July 30th
  • Kalkaska County – August 1st
  • Antrim County – August 2nd
  • Father Fred – August 6th-9th

Register in person at our Traverse City Office or call (231) 947-2055.

Event location / address is sent via mail after your child is registered.

Want To Volunteer?

Come help for a day, or two!

Business groups and organizations are welcome. Questions, or prefer to sign up via email or phone? Contact Allison Dean:, or (231) 947-2055 x4003

What We Offer

Our event provides:

  • New shoes and socks for toddlers to teens
  • Eye exams and glasses (if needed)
  • School supplies (while supplies last)

All services are offered at no cost to the families.

How to Register

Call 231-947-2055 or visit the Father Fred Foundation to register. Registration ends July 19.

Join Us in Making a Difference

This initiative is made possible by the generous support of our community. If you would like to contribute, please scan to donate to the program. Your support helps us bring smiles and confidence to many young faces.

Volunteers Needed

Please consider helping kids and families pick and try on shoes. Email to help.

Together, let’s make this school year a successful and joyful one for every child. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!


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Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10m – 2pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

WE WILL BE CLOSED the week of July 1-5 for building maintenance. We will reopen July 9.

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