SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – 44 percent of children in Syracuse under five years old live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“A lot of times families have to choose between buying food and buying diapers,” said Michela Hugo, who founded the CNY Diaper Bank in 2016.
The CNY Diaper Bank partners with social service agencies to provide free diapers to low-income families in Syracuse. Distribution partner agencies include:
- Huntington Family Centers Inc., Samaritan Center, Syracuse Northeast Community Center, Upstate Pediatric and Adolescent Center, Onondaga County Healthy Families, Syracuse Community Connections, University United Methodist Church Outreach, Rescue Mission Outreach, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army Emergency Services and Crouse Hospital.
“We package them [diapers] here. We prep orders and they [agencies] pick them up once a month and they distribute them through various programs around the county,” Hugo said.
𝐈𝐧 𝐒𝐲𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐞, 𝟓𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐲. @CNYDiaperBank partners with food pantries, childcare centers, social service agencies and shelters to ensure families have diapers. #BDJ4641 pic.twitter.com/HRourlFX83
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In 2018, the CNY Diaper Bank distributed 587,115 diapers. Additionally, volunteers logged 3,574 hours. The free diapers each month allow for more financial flexibility for low-income families.
“It frees up their resources, their limited funds to buy other basic needs like food and hygiene products, pay a bill, get transportation,” Hugo said.