The More Than Shoes program hopes to provide new shoes and boots to thousands of children in need this year.

This year, Winnipeg Harvest hopes the program can provide 3,000 pairs of new shoes and boots to students for the winter.

So far, 765 boots have been brought to students.

The More Than Shoes program was launched in 2010 by educator Wendy Erlanger after she saw multiple children attending class in worn-out and uncomfortable shoes.

“We want Manitobans and as well as groups and businesses to help out by holding new boot drives to donate those new boots (from children's size 13 to adults' size 7) to Winnipeg Harvest so children can enjoy our hearty winter in comfort”, said Erlanger, school programs manager at Winnipeg Harvest.

To run a boot drive or drop off new boots or shoes, people can call 204-982-3663 ext. 442.

More information on the program is also available on Winnipeg Harvest's website.