In partnership with the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank, Help Me Grow – Long Island will donate 100,800 diapers to provide immediate relief for Long Island families struggling to afford diapers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The diapers are secured through a proprietary diaper program at the National Diaper Bank Network and will be distributed to families in need, free of charge through select Help Me Grow – Long Island partner agencies and Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Diaper costs are supported by a grant from The JPB Foundation. This opportunity was made available by the Help Me Grow National Center to Help Me Grow – Long Island, an initiative overseen by Docs for Tots.
The diapers will be disseminated, along with baby books and developmental promotion materials, through the following agencies, which work directly with young children who would benefit from this distribution and together serve a wide range of Long Island’s families:
Baby Essentials of Long Island
Choice for All
Long Island Head Start
Parent Child + (Nassau BOCES)
Our Why: Diapers are a basic need, no baby should have to go without.
COVID-19, sudden unemployment for low-income families and hoarding of diapers by those who can afford them resulted in dire diaper need across Long Island.
One in three U.S. families lack enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
No federal or child-safety net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
Diapers can cost $80 per month per baby.
Babies require 6-10 diaper changes a day, a concern for families who struggle with diaper need.
Diaper need causes families to resort to unsafe practices including reusing diapers and leaving them on for longer periods of time which makes babies susceptible to rashes and infection, leading to poor health outcomes.
*statistics provided by the National Diaper Bank Network
Collaboration of Multiple Organizations to End Diaper Need:
Service within our communities and collaboration is at the forefront of everything we do and those we are fortunate to help. Our partnership will ensure that families have access to diapers, an essential need to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy. We are proud to work together to ensure their basic needs are met and foster a healthy start to life.
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