As part of an initiative to provide diapers to families in need and in recognition of Diaper Need Awareness Week, ShopRite and Huggies donated $250,000 diapers to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey on Thursday, Sept. 26. The donation is part of a larger No Baby Unhugged effort to tackle diaper need where ShopRite and Huggies will donate $500,000 diapers and $10,000 to benefit the National Diaper Bank Network. Leaders from five agencies benefitting from the donation gathered for a panel discussion – below are some quotes and photos from that discussion if you’re interested in helping us spread the word on this important issue.
New Jersey residents can get involved by purchasing a pack of Huggies at any ShopRite or shoprite.com from September 15 to September 28. Every purchase of Huggies will spark a donation of a day’s worth of diapers, up to $500,000, to the National Diaper Bank Network.
“1 in 3 U.S. families struggles to provide their baby with enough clean diapers, which is why we are committed to supporting the National Diaper Bank Network national movement to address diaper need in the U.S.,” explained Deacon Franklin Henderson of Solid Rock Baptist Church. “Diaper need adds stress on families. It’s important that we talk about diaper need as frequent as we do need for food or basic essentials. If you can’t put food on the table, you likely cannot diaper your child.”
“We are so grateful for the foresight of many people in this room to look beyond food and recognize the larger need of families,” added Vesta Godwin-Clark of St. James Social Service “Our program services around 150 women with babies each month.” Vesta Godwin-Clark, St. James Social Service- Newark NJ
“The services the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) provides for families is important, but its impact on staff is immeasurable.” said Carroll Thomas of Episcopal Church of Woodbridge. “These programs, made possible through the resources provided by NDBN, celebrate family and empower agencies staffers and community partners to impact change. Alone, we cannot met the needs of these families, but together we can get closer.”Carroll Thomas, Trinity Diaper Bank- Woodbridge NJ
“We are grateful for the support of ShopRite and Huggies. Their pledge to donate diapers will not only help families here in New Jersey, but also those across the country,” said Joanne Samuel Goldblum. “Through the Huggies No Baby Unhugged program, we have distributed 220 million diapers and wipes to families in need and we’re excited to further those efforts today.”