This week Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Food Bank For New York City celebrated the delivery of thousands of diapers donated through Brewer’s second annual winter diaper drive.
The diaper drive is a nontraditional addition to the city’s many winter donation drives but 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 provider facilities, Food Bank For New York City can help relieve a major burden on these parents and their families.
“Low-income parents often need to supply diapers to child care services, and unfortunately this can become a hardship. Food Bank’s commitment to distribute diapers at emergency food providers whenever they’re available is the kind of small, forward-thinking step that can have a huge impact,” said Brewer. “I’d like to thank every New Yorker who helped make our diaper drive a success. These donations will make life easier for working and homeless parents in our city.”
“A family that needs to turn to a food pantry or soup kitchen is often facing impossible choices: food or rent? Medicine or heat? Securing an adequate supply of diapers and wipes to maintain a baby’s hygiene and health can stretch limited family budgets past the breaking point,” said Triada Stampas, vice president for Research and Public Affairs at Food Bank For New York City. “We applaud Borough President Brewer’s continued leadership on this issue and thank every New Yorker who generously donated these much-needed supplies to improve the lives of low-income families across Manhattan.”
A portion of the diapers were delivered to the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry of West Harlem on West 116th Street, with other deliveries going to emergency food providers and food pantries across the borough. Brewer toured the Community Kitchen today, joined by Stampas, Food Bank vice president for Community Connections and Reach Camesha Grant and Brewer’s Northern Manhattan Office Director Athena Moore.
This year, approximately 23,000 diapers were collected through a combination of donations made to Brewer’s two offices in Manhattan and diapers ordered by donors through Amazon’s Wish List service for direct delivery to Food Bank’s warehouse.