Scarsdale, NY – Over the last 4 years, The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) has been operating the Westchester County Diaper Bank with the assistance of the County’s Department of Social Services. This program was created by the JLCW as a way to help families struggling to purchase diapers. After a Huggies diaper study found that low-income households were reusing diapers, or not changing babies frequently to avoid having to use too many diapers, the JLCW began reaching out to other Westchester non-profits to determine how to address the need in Westchester.
Diaper deprivation is something that affects 1 in 3 American mothers. The average annual cost of diapers could be upwards of $900/per child, and unfortunately, state and federal programs do not cover these necessary items. Thanks to a partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network, which operates out of New Haven, Connecticut, the Westchester County Diaper Bank (WCDB) was able to purchase 167,000 Huggies diapers at a tremendous discount this July to distribute to local families. Additionally, another non-profit partner, Feeding Westchester in Elmsford, NY, has offered to warehouse the diapers, enlisting the help of some of its volunteers to repackage the diapers into one-week’s supply packages for local families. In reciprocation, the WCDB donated approximately 53,000 diapers to Feeding Westchester for distribution to their agency partners , who also serve families in need.
Families in need are encouraged to submit an application for diapers at: www.jlcentralwestchester.org/diaperbank, or to contact their social worker. Once the application has The Junior League of Central Westchester’s Diaper Bank
Purchased 160,000+ Huggies Diapers at a Tremendous Discount to Benefit Westchester Families processed and approved, families will be notified of the distribution dates at their local Department of Social Services office, or Department of Health.
The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) is an organization of approximately 250 women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For additional information, please refer to the Junior League of Central Westchester’s website www.jlcentralwestchester.org.