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Egg Harbor Township food bank to hold diaper drive

Egg Harbor Township food bank to hold diaper drive

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Diaper drive

Jane Roesch, left, and Michele Crossen, right, check in diapers and baby supplies for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Great Big Diaper Drive.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Community FoodBank of New Jersey will hold a diaper drive this week in honor of National Diaper Awareness Week, officials said Friday.

From Monday to Sunday, the organization and other community partners will collect diapers, hygiene supplies and cash donations to help struggling families.

The most needed items are diapers of all sizes, but especially sizes 4 to 6, adult diapers, baby wipes and baby cream. All items must be new and in original packaging.

“The diaper gap is real, and families struggling to afford food often lack access to essential hygiene supplies, too,” Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO of the food bank, said in a statement. “Diapers are not covered by most federally funded public assistance programs, such as SNAP or WIC, because they are not food items. No parent should have to make the impossible choice between food and diapers for their child.”

Rodriguez said that with a donation of just $1, the organization can provide six diapers to families in need.

“Babies require up to 12 diapers per day,” Rodriguez said. “Which adds up to $70-$80 per month per child — a cost many struggling families simply cannot afford.”

On Tuesday, the organization’s Women Fighting Hunger group will host a virtual event on diaper need.

Registration for the event and more information about the diaper drive are available at cfbnj.org/gbdd.

Where to donate

Residents of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties can donate at the following sites:

AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, Cape May Court House

AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, Egg Harbor Township

AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, Galloway Township

AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, Hammonton

AtlantiCare Physician Group OB/GYN, Somers Point

Bethel Commandment Church of the Living God, Whitesboro, Middle Township

Caring For Kids, Ocean View

Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Egg Harbor Township

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Salvation Army, Bridgeton

Contact Molly Shelly:

609-272-7241

mshelly@pressofac.com

Twitter @mollycshelly

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