IVYP Launches First Diaper Bank In Santa Barbara County
GOLETA, Calif .– The Isla Vista Youth Projects recently became the first certified diaper bank in Santa Barbara County.
As a local organization, IVYP provides comprehensive services to families in need, with the aim of strengthening families, preparing children for success in school, and addressing health and education disparities.
“Many families in Santa Barbara County are struggling to provide the basics for their children. The child poverty rate in this county is unacceptable. About 1 in 5 children in our county suffers. Diapers are a critical need, ”said Lori Goodman, Executive Director of IVYP.
When we looked at it, we found that there was no diaper bank agency in our county. Since we already have systems in place to distribute other items like food, we knew this was something we could and should take on. “
Ensuring that infants and toddlers have access to clean diapers contributes to healthier families.
In 2017, more than 40,000 infants and children were treated in public hospitals in California for symptoms directly related to the need for diapers.
By providing diapers for parents, IVYP helps their children stay healthy and safe and alleviates a financial burden that has only increased since the start of the COVID pandemic.
Disposable diapers can cost up to $ 100 per month per baby. Most babies go through 12 diapers a day, which comes at a cost that adds up very quickly, especially when your child’s health is at stake.
Since February, IVYP has distributed more than 30,000 diapers to babies in need.
IVYP has a long history of connecting families in the Goleta Valley to the resources and tangible supports they need through the work of their Family Resource Center.
Requests for services through the Family Resource Center have increased by more than 500% since the start of the pandemic.
More and more families in our community are experiencing extreme hardship and need our help. In order to support these families, IVYP has the opportunity to develop new and more creative ways to reach vulnerable families.
The diaper bank serves as an entry point for families to receive additional support like parenting classes, housing assistance, food distribution, Medi-Cal support, Calfresh support and much more.
Now that the IVYP has become a Certified Diaper Bank, the next step in the process is to develop the organizational capacity to meet the needs of the community.
“As we grow we anticipate needing additional storage space, more staff, community outreach and, of course, more diapers,” Goodman concluded. “All of this requires a financial investment.
To learn more about receiving diapers or to donate to the diaper bank, you can visit the IVYP website.
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