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Organization Helps Families Meet Diaper Need

Staff report

Families with newborns and toddlers know how quickly they go through diapers and how much diapers tap the monthly budget.

The Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank is holding a drive-through distribution from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 30 at 500 Helendale St.

A limited number of diapers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for families that have not registered. Diaper sizes newborn to 6 will be available, with a limit of two packs of diapers per child. Children or a car seat must be present. Masks are required and attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles.

Families unable to receive diapers at the distribution will be referred to community organizations that provide the health necessity.

The distribution is made possible by a $10,000 grant provided by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

“More than ever, there are people who need basic necessities for their families, like diapers,” Jim Reed, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield president and CEO-elect, wrote in a news release. “Not having enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler consistently, clean and dry can lead to health issues like diaper rash or infections for baby and undue stress for parents. We are committed to helping families in our community keep their children healthy.”

Nationally, one in three families lack a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. Compared to similar sized cities, Rochester has the highest rate of childhood poverty, with more than half of children living in poverty. Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, which can cost up to $100 per month per baby. Government programs—including food stamps & WIC—do not provide funding for diapers.

The JLR Diaper Bank started in 2017 and is the sole diaper bank in Rochester. Each month the JLR Diaper Bank distributes over 20,000 diapers to its 45 partner agencies. Since its inception, the JLR Diaper Bank has distributed over 540,000 diapers to the greater Rochester community.

The Junior League of Rochester is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting voluntarism, improving communities, and developing the potential of women. The Rochester chapter was founded in 1933. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLR is committed to providing resources and programs to improve the lives of those who live in the Rochester area.

For more information about the Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank, go to jlroch.org/diaper-bank