To assist struggling families with young children and infants living in New York City who have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused, Robin Hood and the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank announced the donation and the start of the distribution of the first 100,000 of a total 200,000 diapers that will be given to City Harvest, New York City’s first and largest food rescue organization.
Well before the COVID-19 crisis, approximately one in three families experienced diaper need. This is a public health issue which has been exacerbated by the growing economic crisis/unemployment caused by the pandemic. Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of children and parents. Having access to diapers keeps all babies clean, dry, and healthy. Today, we change that for families in need across New York City.
A grant from Robin Hood gave the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank the resources needed to secure the diapers through the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN). As a member of NDBN The Allied Foundation Diaper Bank is given direct access to high-quality diapers. Each year Robin Hood invests nearly $120 million to provide legal services, housing, meals, workforce development training, education programs, and more to families in poverty in New York City.
The September 30 event marked the delivery and the start of the distribution of the first half of the diapers. The second delivery will arrive in October.
“Diapers are a basic need for our smallest children and yet many families cannot afford enough to keep their baby clean, dry and healthy, resulting in health implications like rashes and infections,” said Sarah Oltmans, Chief of Grant Strategy at Robin Hood. “New York City has a real need for a diaper bank, and this need has only exacerbated in the pandemic. We are proud to stand alongside Allied Foundation and City Harvest to create this critical safety net for diapers for the families and babies that need us most.”
The Allied Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by Allied Physicians Group, based in Melville, has distributed 172,000 diapers to families in need in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn since its inception in 2017. In all of 2019, the diaper bank distributed 45,000 diapers, but because of the unprecedented demand for diapers, today the program is on track to distribute more than 387,000 by September to help families in need.
“Infants require up to 12 diapers a day, toddlers about eight making the cost as much as $80 per month, per baby. Clean, dry diapers are critical for ensuring good health, to prevent illness and skin irritations. We are now seeing more parents struggling or simply unable to purchase diapers due to loss of employment or other hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Allied Foundation Executive Director Heather Edwards.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Harvest has ramped up our operations significantly in order to meet the overwhelming need for emergency food we are seeing across New York City,” said Ellen Granger, Manager of Donor Relations and Supply Chain. We are thrilled to also be able to provide diapers to the increasing amount of New Yorkers struggling to afford basic necessities amidst the current economic crisis. Thanks to the generosity of the Allied Foundation and Robin Hood, these high-quality diapers will be immediately loaded onto our trucks and distributed to those in need.”
To learn more about the Allied Foundation and the Allied Diaper Bank, please visit here or call 631-386-4185. For additional information about City Harvest, please visit CityHarvest.org. For more information about Robin Hood, please visit RobinHood.org.
About the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank
Launched in 2017 and a member of the National Diaper Bank Network since 2018, the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank has distributed more than 172,000 diapers to families in need across Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties. For more information please visit AlliedFoundation.org
About Robin Hood:
Founded in 1988, Robin Hood finds, fuels, and creates the most impactful and scalable solutions lifting families out of poverty in New York City, with models that can work across the country. Robin Hood invests nearly $120 million annually to provide legal services, housing, meals, workforce development training, education programs, and more to families in poverty in New York City. Learn more at robinhood.org.
About City Harvest
City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. This year, we will rescue 109 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it—free of charge—to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, community partners and our own Mobile Markets across the five boroughs. We work alongside our community partners to boost community capacity, expand nutrition education, and strengthen local food systems. For more than 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time. To learn more, please visit cityharvest.org.
To assist struggling families with young children and infants in NYC impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Robin Hood and the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank announced the donation of a total 200,000 diapers that will be given to City Harvest. Pictured left to right: David Hernandez, Program Associate, Robin Hood; Heather Edwards, Executive Director, Allied Foundation; Ellen Granger, Manager, Donor Relations & Supply Chain, City Harvest.
To assist struggling families with young children and infants in NYC impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Robin Hood and the Allied Foundation Diaper Bank announced the donation of a total 200,000 diapers that will be given to City Harvest. Pictured left to right: Courtney Ridgway, Communications Manager, Robin Hood; Heather Edwards, Executive Director, Allied Foundation; Ellen Granger, Manager, Donor Relations & Supply Chain, City Harvest; David Hernandez, Program Associate, Robin Hood.
Photos credit: courtesy of Corbett Public Relations.