Recently, First 5 California and SupplyBank.org kicked off the beginning of a “Free Diaper initiative program” to help low-income families in Sacramento. The cost of diapers can be a burden on some families, and the groups believe that providing them for free will help prevent higher health care costs in the long run.
Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 8-14, 2013) calls attention to a disturbing statistic: Nearly 30% of low-income families cannot afford enough diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy.
“Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides diapers, formula and baby clothing to new parents working through hard times,” said Blake Young, President/CEO. “We’re keeping babies clean, dry and healthy. We’re also helping children grow through education with their parents.”
At Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), parents enroll in free educational classes in the Parent Education program and earn credits, known as baby bucks, upon completion. Diapers are a very popular item in the Baby Bucks Boutique as they are expensive and a child can go through an average of 2,700 diapers in just one year.
Last year, SFBFS distributed 110,111 diapers to families in need.
All diapers are distributed free of charge to families in need and made possible through support of community members and donations from the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).
“Diaper need is a huge issue that affects children’s health and parents’ ability to earn,” according to Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of NDBN. “Most childcare providers will not enroll children unless their parents provide disposable diapers. A supply of diapers provides parents with the opportunity to work.”
If you know of a family in need of diapers, please encourage them to attend an upcoming orientation for SFBFS’ Parent Education program:
September 10, 10am – North Sacramento
September 13, 9am – Oak Park
If you would like to help minimize the stress of a new parent who is struggling financially, please consider hosting a diaper drive or making a contribution to SFBFS’ virtual diaper drive. To learn more about diaper need, visit the National Diaper Bank Network at www.diaperbanknetwork.org.
About Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services:
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is a local, privately funded, non-profit organization serving families in need since 1976. A staff of 40 and several thousand volunteers accomplish SFBFS’ mission of assisting those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and by moving them toward self-sufficiency and financial independence. More information is available at www.sacramentofoodbank.org.