U-T Shoe Fund

San Diego Union-Tribune Shoe Fund

Childrens' shoesThe San Diego Union Shoe Fund was started in the 1930s by the late Forrest Warren, a former San Diego Union reporter and columnist. He started the shoe fund to assist children who needed shoes in the depression era.

Gift cards for shoes are distributed through the school nurses in San Diego County.  School Nurses can email (office@ninthdistrictpta.org) information about students in need to Ninth District PTA. The information should include child’s name and grade, the parent’s name, the school name and address and the nurse’s name.  We distribute cards while supplies and donations last.

The Ninth District PTA has been administering the San Diego Union-Tribune Shoe Fund for more than 75 years.

Many years ago the parent or the nurse would take the child to Universal Boot Shop to redeem the shoe voucher. In 1991 Mervyns also came aboard to help children with shoes. Now the students receive cards to Payless Shoes.

Ninth District PTA has worked with the San Diego Union-Tribune for more than 75 years administering the voucher/gift cards to the schools in San Diego County. In the 1990’s we issued more than 9,000 shoe vouchers. More than 10,000 students have received vouchers via Ninth District PTA since the year 2000.

The Union-Tribune shoe fund is kept open through donations and unfortunately in some years the shoe fund was closed due to lack of funds. The number of vouchers issued in recent years is: