United Way of Hunterdon County and Flemington Area Diaper Bank Continue to
Tackle Diaper Need
The week of Sept. 21st marks National Diaper Need Awareness Week, which draws attention to the issue of diaper need in the U.S.. The week is a time to highlight the fact that 1 in 3 families struggles to afford diapers for their infants and toddlers. Did you know it costs about $1,000 a year to buy a supply of average-priced diapers for one child? For someone who works a full-time minimum-wage job, making just over $20,000 a year, that’s a major expense.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry and United Way of Hunterdon County continue to help families in need through the Hunterdon Diaper Bank. Since the partnership was officially formed last year, more than 288 families have received diapers through the program. In addition, the Hunterdon Diaper Bank continues to provide diapers to food pantries and other Hunterdon County agencies to ease some of the financial stress experienced by young families in our community.
Many people don’t realize that even if a family is enrolled in government programs, diapers aren’t covered by Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or other programs, explains Kristin Stockwell, Administrative Assistant, at Flemington Area Food Pantry, who is known to many as the Diaper Diva because of her passion for helping struggling parents with this expensive necessity.
In addition to providing support for our youngest neighbors, the Hunterdon Diaper Bank continues to collect and distribute incontinence products to help adults with disabilities and seniors on a shoestring budget and plans are in the works to better collect data showing how the program helps those populations as well.
“The Hunterdon Diaper Bank helps ease the burden of vulnerable families and seniors and also puts a spotlight on a crucial community need, a need that is exacerbated by this pandemic” explained Barbara Piwinski, the lead program volunteer. “Not only do families with young children struggle but more than 2,000 of our senior households in Hunterdon County earn under $25,000 annually,” she added.
Donors Debra and Chuck Tackney give regularly to both the Hunterdon Diaper Bank and Flemington Area Food Pantry because “we want to be able to support our neglected vulnerable neighbors in every way we can. We were surprised to learn how many people there are who are ineligible for Medicaid, but still struggling to buy diapers and food for their babies and children. In addition, when most people think of diapers and food insecurity, they don't often consider those who are elderly and poor. We're so thankful the United Way and the Flemington Area Food Pantry are there for them.”
Join the Diaper Bank efforts by:
· Donating diapers
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· Organizing a diaper drive – this video shows you how easy that can be.
· Donate money so we can buy more diapers.
Together we can help our neighbors in need lift themselves out of crisis, making a stronger, healthier community today and a brighter future for all!
Permanent Diaper Drop Location
United Way of Hunterdon County Community Volunteer Center
20 Fulper Road, Flemington NJ 08825 - (908) 237-1689
Flemington Area Food Pantry
154 Route 31 - (908) 788-5568