The New Year is already looking a little brighter for families struggling to afford clean diapers, as the Westchester County Diaper Bank received a generous donation of 90,000 diapers from Huggies.
The Diaper Bank, which launched in November 2014, is a partnership between the Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW); County Executive Robert P. Astorino; and the Department of Social Services. The Food Bank for Westchester has agreed to warehouse the diapers, given the size of the donation.
"This is an example of the good things we can accomplish when we work together on behalf of the people of Westchester County," said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. "I want to thank our tremendous partners at the Junior League of Central Westchester and the Food Bank for Westchester."
During its first year of operations, the Westchester County Diaper Bank distributed 150,600 diapers (or 3,012 packages) to local families in need. That's an average of 274 packages monthly – all procured through donations, community drives and corporate sponsorships.
"The Junior League of Central Westchester is so appreciative of the incredible donation of 90,000 diapers from Huggies," said Alison Messerle, JLCW president. "We are fortunate for our continued partnership with the County and the Department of Social Services, and our new relationship with The Food Bank. Together our effort to serve those in need in Westchester County is even stronger."
"We are thrilled to have such wonderful community partners like County Executive Rob Astorino, the Department of Social Services and the Junior League of Central Westchester," said Ellen Lynch, President and CEO of the Food Bank for Westchester. "The Westchester County Diaper Bank is providing a much needed resource to families in our county and we are glad to share our space, which will allow them to continue to do this important work."
Pictured left to right: John Befus, Deputy Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS); Kevin J. Plunkett, Westchester Deputy County Executive; Alison Messerle, President, Junior League of Central Westchester; Meridith Alin, President-elect, Junior League of Central Westchester; Christine Sculti, Senior Advisory to County Executive Robert P. Astorino; Ellen Lynch, President & CEO, Food Bank for Westchester; Kevin M. McGuire, DSS Commissioner.