For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Brewer, Food Bank For New York City celebrate thousands of diapers collected in first holiday diaper drive
NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Food Bank For New York City celebrated the donation of thousands of diapers in Brewer’s first holiday diaper drive. Brewer and Brady Koch, Food Bank’s Chief Programs Officer, held a media availability and thanked New Yorkers who donated as a Food Bank truck arrived to pick up more than 9,000 diapers at Brewer’s Northern Manhattan Office and transport them to food pantry locations across the borough.
The diaper drive is an unusual addition to the city’s many holiday season donation drives, but fills a real need. Low-income and homeless working parents with small children often rely on childcare services that require them to supply disposable diapers for their children. By supplying diapers for free at emergency food providers, Food Bank For New York City can help relieve a major burden on these parents and their families.
“Without diapers, low-income working parents who use child care services can’t go to work because the services require each parent to supply a day's worth of diapers for their child,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I’d like to thank every New Yorker who helped make our 'diaper drive' a success. These donations will make life a little bit easier for working and homeless parents in our city.”
“When families are struggling to afford basic needs, maintaining the supply of diapers their infants and toddlers' need for good hygiene and health can be an enormous financial strain,” said Brady Koch, Chief Programs Officer of Food Bank For New York City. “Diapers available at food pantries are always in high demand. We are grateful for Borough President Brewer’s holiday diaper drive, and the difference it will make for the families of the littlest Manhattanites.”
Diapers are being collected in-person at Brewer’s 1 Centre Street and West 125th Street office locations through Friday, Dec. 30, and have been boosted with a generous late gift from the Sherman Creek Business Group, a coalition of merchants and small business owners from Inwood, in northern Manhattan. At today’s event, Borough President Brewer and Mr. Koch thanked group members Rud Morales, Juan Almonte, and Manuela Peralta, who attended on behalf of the Sherman Creek businesses.
In addition to in-person donations collected at her offices, Brewer has also invited members of the public to send diapers directly to Food Bank For New York City through the organization’s Amazon.com ‘Wish List’.
Food Bank For New York City will distribute the donated diapers to food pantries across Manhattan.
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