Sister Mary Alice Hannan, Beth Lane, Sylvia Hamer, Nichole Culotta, Jessica Anfang and Lisa Horten distribute diapers on behalf of 914Cares and HOPE Community Services
914Cares Distributes Diapers Across Westchester
As part of a campaign to draw awareness to National Diaper Need Awareness Week, staff and board members from White Plains-based not-for-profit 914Cares partnered with HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle to distribute diapers and wipes to individuals visiting HOPE’s food pantry.
This was one of three diaper distributions that 914Cares arranged with its community partners across the county in an effort to draw attention to the critical issue of diaper need, and get diapers into the hands of the parents and caregivers who need them most. The other two distribution events took place earlier this week at Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and Carver Center in Port Chester.
“We wanted to get into the community and make everyone aware that diapers really are a basic need for families,” said 914Cares CEO Jessica Reinmann. “They’re just as essential as food or clothing or shelter—the need is real, and there’s very little help out there for the people who need it.”
One in two U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. National Diaper Need Awareness Week was established by the National Diaper Bank Network and has received local proclamations from County Executive George Latimer and Assemblyman Chris Burdick, who also participated in the Mount Kisco Distribution event. Additional statistics on diaper need across the country can be found below.