Did you know that 1 in every three New Jersey families is struggling with buying diapers for their little ones? Did you also know that diapers, along with feminine care products, are not covered by food stamps? Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become even harder for New Jersey moms to afford these critical supplies—food banks have seen an exponential increase in the demand for diapers and feminine products, as more and more families find themselves struggling to make ends meet. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund have partnered together to help women and families across NJ who have been affected by this crisis to make sure that no #NJMOM or her children are in need of these basic necessities.
Why your help is needed
We’ve all been there—feeling that panic that comes over you when you don’t have a diaper within reach. Whether you’re at the supermarket and forgot to refill your diaper bag or you’ve got your baby on the changing table and run out of diapers. Now imagine being a mother who is struggling to not only feed your family but don’t know how you’re going to buy the next box of diapers, let alone how you’re going to get feminine care products for yourself or maybe even your daughters.
With the cost of diapers adding up to $80 a month, per baby, this is a huge crisis and stress for families in need. And not having these necessary supplies can cause significant health and safety concerns for both mothers and their children. It’s also a ripple effect—families can be hindered by not being able to have the supplies to provide for childcare needs, and consequently skip work and ultimately feel inadequate with further emotional stress.
Here’s how to help out
Here’s what you can do—donate. For just a $50 donation (less than a family dinner at a restaurant), it will buy 170 diapers and 288 menstrual pads for those in need. Every little bit counts, so click here to donate however much you can. And know that your donation will help make life brighter and better for so many other families.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund have set a goal to raise $550,000 to distribute 3.25 million diapers and 502,000 menstrual pads to women and families across our home state.