LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BABY2BABY, the national nonprofit organization which provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities every child deserves, has distributed over 5.5 million essential items to some of the most vulnerable families across the country impacted by COVID-19. The organization, which has provided 70 million items and 40 million diapers over the last 8 years, has distributed 350% more diapers in the month since the crisis began. This includes deliveries to over 130 partner agencies in Los Angeles, spanning school districts, homeless shelters, health clinics, foster care, hospitals, clinics and more, as well as Baby2Baby National Network members in Seattle, New York City, Dallas, Denver, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC., Tampa, Columbia, Portland and more. Additionally, Baby2Baby has provided hundreds of thousands of basic essentials through partnerships with humanitarian aid organizations like the American Red Cross, Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee, and also the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"The families we serve were struggling to afford basic essentials before COVID-19 and now, their need is so great that they are being forced to make impossible choices between diapers for their children and food or rent," said Baby2Baby co-presidents Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof. "Families in poverty are always the most vulnerable in any crisis and this is no exception. With schools closed and the inability to work during this time, these families cannot access or afford the critical items their children need. We have been working for years to get basic necessities into the hands of families in poverty which allowed us to mobilize since day one of this pandemic and deliver millions of items to children who need them across the country."
BABY2BABY is supporting their longtime partners at LAUSD, the second largest school district in the country serving over half a million students, almost 80% of whom are from families living in poverty, by sending over a million items including diapers, hygiene, baby food and blankets to the 64 grab and go food centers and were asked to double their distributions for the remainder of the school year.
The families that Baby2Baby serves do not have the luxury to buy extra supplies during this crisis. They were struggling before COVID-19 and now having lost their jobs, having no access to transportation and with school closures, they are being forced to make impossible choices like deciding whether to buy diapers or buy food or pay their rent and utility bills. When Baby2Baby can provide these families with diapers, hygiene and other essentials, they have the ability to use their limited funds to focus on food and shelter.
Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. In the last 8 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 70 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster.
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