Back- to- School Shoe Giveaway
Each September, we celebrate the new academic school year in a safe, family friendly environment filled with community and health resources for all attendees. First African Methodist Episcopal Church launched the Annual Shoe Giveaway in 1996. Seventeen years later, the event moved to Oakland Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Since joining efforts, over 13,400 free new pairs of shoes have been distributed to K through 12th grade students across Alameda County. 70% of the families that receive shoes have annual incomes below $25,000.