GFF grantee Twice as Nice Mother & Child is working overtime to help fill the dramatically increasing demand for diapers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. A Chicago Herald article, Twice As Nice sees diaper demand skyrocket, says the “Lake County nonprofit that distributes tens of thousands of diapers a month to families in need has seen skyrocketing demand and plummeting supplies in recent weeks.”
“Prior to nonessential business closings and shelter-in-place orders issued last month in response to the spread of COVID-19, Twice As Nice Mother & Child had reached a routine distribution number of about 70,000 diapers monthly, said Ann Marie Mathis, founder and executive director of the Waukegan-based organization.”
“We remain open,” she said. “We are considered essential. But we have seen an unprecedented influx in the number of requests for help, with more than 120 new requests for help in the last two weeks alone.”
Twice as Nice Mother & Child assists more than 1,000 children and 500 families each month, Mathis said. “That was pre-COVID-19,” she said. “I’m expecting that number will double for at least the next three months.”
A Business Insider article, “Low-income parents are making diapers out of plastic bags, newspapers, and towels because of coronavirus-induced shortages, also featured the efforts of a number of diaper banks, (including Twice as Nice Mother & Child), across the United States that are working to help meet diaper-need.