Our Story

Our Story2018-09-18T17:50:56+00:00

Dr. Weinert remembers the stories his mother used to tell him about growing up poor as one of 15 kids in Hamtramck, MI.

Dr. Weinert’s grandparents couldn’t afford to buy new shoes for each of their children, so Diane Motyka Weinert often had poorly fitting hand-me-downs. Sometimes, she had no shoes at all.

“When she was growing up a lot of times they didn’t have shoes to wear, and they would wear hand-me-down shoes that were passed down with holes in them,” Dr. Weinert recalls. “They all grew up with a lot of foot problems.” It can also be emotionally damaging to not own a pair of shoes that fit.

Before Diane Weinert died in 2011 at the age of 62, Dr. Weinert told her about his dream to start a non-profit organization to provide new shoes to people in need. His mother’s story inspired the donations of thousands of shoes to date, and millions of shoes in the near future.

Dr. Anthony Weinert’s Shoe Pantry Plus has given away 7,500 pairs of new shoes and socks. His goal is to reach 10,000 pairs of new shoes and socks donated by the end of 2018 with the goal to help over 1 million people in need within the next few years.