RIVER FUND is a leading Poverty Frontline Center serving more than 40 zipcodes in all five boroughs of New York City. We confront material hardship with (1) Weekly Groceries, (2) Benefits Access and Stabilization Programs, and (3) Support and Education Pathways from Cradle to College.

RIVER FUND: Shoes for Kids Program

A thorough analysis of RIVER FUND's school attendance data revealed that the lack of proper footwear in winter is a major contributing factor for children in poverty missing school at that time of the year. Since 2007, RIVER FUND has hosted an annual Shoes for Kids event every January on the Sunday of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Weekend of Service. Initially supported partially by the Payless Foundation, since 2012, this effort has been funded entirely by RIVER FUND.