Food, Diapers Available for Federal Workers at San Diego Food Bank

Friday, January 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO -- (Friday, Jan. 18, 2019) -- California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D - San Diego) and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank announced today that local federal workers and anyone else not receiving paychecks as a result of the government shutdown can access food and diapers from the local food bank.

San Diego Food Bank provides food, diapers and other resources to Coast Guard families affected by the government shutdown.

“The San Diego Food Bank’s Diaper Bank is an important resource if your family needs help affording necessities during the shutdown,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. The local Diaper Bank Program to help low-income families make ends meet was launched in 2017 after the San Diego Food Bank teamed up with the Office of Assemblywoman Gonzalez.

Federal workers have already missed one paycheck in the nearly month-long shutdown of the federal government, forcing many throughout the country to lean on local resources, like Diaper Bank Programs, to pay for basics like food, medicine and their children’s diapers.

San Diego Food Bank officials say they are prepared to handle the anticipated increase in demand for the services they provide. Earlier this week, the Food Bank stepped in to support federal workers affected by the shutdown by providing more than seven tons of groceries that were distributed to hundreds of people at a military site in National City.

To provide diapers to low-income families throughout San Diego County, the Food Bank partners with eight nonprofit organizations. Each distribution location has different operating hours and may have different eligibility criteria to receive diapers (click here for more information on each distribution center).

A month’s supply for one child can cost between $70 and $80 and diapers cannot be purchased with CalFresh benefits or WIC. As a result, parents try to stretch their supply of diapers by leaving babies in dirty diapers longer or by reusing diapers. This pressure that the cost of diapers puts on families has long been a concern for Assemblywoman Gonzalez, she began an annual Holiday Diaper Drive for her San Diego district in 2014 that led to the creation of the San Diego Diaper Bank Program.

In last year’s state budget, Assemblywoman Gonzalez secured $2.5 million for San Diego’s Diaper Bank Program out of $10 million she achieved in approved funding to help four major regional diaper bank programs across California. Gonzalez also championed the collection of more than 400,000 diapers and baby wipes for the bank and asylum seeking families in her annual holiday diaper drive effort