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Need greater than supply at CNY Diaper Bank: ‘Not even close’

Ellen Abbott
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The CNY Diaper Bank.

Among the nonprofits trying to help the neediest central New Yorkers during the coronavirus crisis, is the CNY Diaper Bank, which distributes diapers to families in need. The need is outstripping supply.

Diaper bank founder Michaela Hugo said local children are being impacted now more than ever, as families try to scrape together money to buy disposable diapers, that are often sold out at stores. She said the diaper bank continues to distribute free diapers through local agencies.

“The numbers they’re requesting are increasing, and they’re going through them faster, if that’s possible,” Hugo said. “Several of our partners have wait lists of people that want diapers, but they don’t have enough diapers to give them.”

The diaper bank has established a COVID-19 crisis fund. Donations can be made to the diaper bank’s website.

“I know a lot of people are looking for ways to help local families who are struggling,” Hugo said. “Donating to our crisis fund is an immediate way. Those dollars that get donated will be used to purchase diapers, and they’ll all get distributed immediately.”

The diaper bank generally distributes 100,000 diapers a month to its partners, and had already distributed 150,000 in mid-March.

“All around, the need is intensifying, and I know we’re not meeting the need,” Hugo said. “Not even close.”

An adequate supply of diapers for a single child can cost $100 per month. There are no government programs that provide diapers for families in need.