Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Food Bank celebrate holiday diaper drive

Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the Food Bank for New York City celebrated the donation of thousands of diapers during Brewer’s first holiday diaper drive. Brewer and Brady Koch, the Food Bank’s chief programs officer, held a media availability event and thanked New Yorkers who donated as a Food Bank truck arrived to pick up more than 9,000 diapers at Brewer’s northern Manhattan office and transport them to food pantry locations across the borough.

The diaper drive is an unusual addition to the city’s many holiday season donation drives, but it fills a real need. Low-income and homeless working parents with small children often rely on child care services that require them to supply disposable diapers for their children. By supplying diapers for free at emergency food providers, the Food Bank for New York City can help relieve a major burden on these parents and their families.

“Without diapers, low-income working parents who use child care services can’t go to work because the services require each parent to supply a day’s worth of diapers for their child,” said Brewer. “I’d like to thank every New Yorker who helped make our ‘diaper drive’ a success. These donations will make life a little bit easier for working and homeless parents in our city.”