First 5 California & SupplyBank.Org Launch Innovative Diaper Kit Pilot Program to Aid Local Families

[July 19, 2018] Sacramento, California – Hundreds of parents at River Oak Center for Children were the first of more than 2,000 families in Northern California to receive a helping hand thanks to a coalition of public and private organizations coordinated by the nonprofit SupplyBank.Org. To address both the issue of “diaper need” and the early learning gap for young children from low-income families, First 5 California and SupplyBank.Org have joined forces to launch a pilot Diaper Kit Program, which provides families with children ages 0-3 with monthly kits containing 100 diapers and 200 baby wipes. The kits are designed with colorful messaging from the award-winning Talk. Read. Sing.® campaign, to convey the importance of talking, reading and singing to babies daily to promote early brain development. In attendance at today’s kickoff were First 5 California Chief Deputy Director and Counsel Frank Furtek, First 5 Sacramento County Executive Director Julie Gallelo, River Oak Center for Children Chief Executive Officer Laurie Clothier, SupplyBank.Org Founder and Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson, the offices of Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty, Jim Cooper and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and several other agency representatives.

Costing up to $100/month, diapers are often the highest unaddressed cost burden for low-income families, accounting for up to 14% of a household budget. In addition to diaper need, the program seeks to combat the kindergarten readiness gap faced by young children from low-income families as compared to their affluent peers, by using the kits to disseminate messaging from First 5 California’s Talk. Read. Sing. campaign. “Diaper need is a serious problem in California and across the nation, but this issue provides the opportunity for an innovative solution,” said First 5 California Commission Chair George Halvorson. “The delivery of this valuable resource also helps raise the awareness of talking, reading, singing, and even counting to babies, which helps stimulate brain development, improve health, and close the readiness gap. This partnership is a key investment in early childhood wellness and education.”

Diaper need also creates a barrier to families accessing childcare, as parents are required to provide a day or week’s supply of diapers upon dropping their child off at daycare. For families living on the margins of economic stability, an issue as simple as diaper need can snowball into inescapable poverty. Parents often call in sick if they do not have access to childcare due to a lack of diapers, which can eventually lead to termination or an inability to obtain employment at all.

Diaper need furthermore results in severe medical conditions including diaper dermatitis, urinary tract infections, candidiasis and others. The numbers are staggering, with more than 41,000 hospital visits statewide in 2016, 80% of which were to the ER, costing at least $49 million. In Sacramento County, there were more than 1,800 hospital visits.

Today’s diaper distribution event was one of dozens happening on a monthly basis throughout a six-county pilot region, which includes Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. Through the program, eligible clients of partnering Women, Infants & Children (WIC) clinics and First 5 family resource centers can pick up diaper kits where they regularly receive other services. This integrated service delivery approach means families do not have to wait in line to receive aid.

The Diaper Kit Program is one of several programs that SupplyBank.Org administers to address the unmet material needs of low-income children and families. “We’re excited to be launching this scalable model to address diaper need here in Sacramento,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Founder and Executive Director of SupplyBank.Org. “We are grateful for the partnership and leadership of First 5 California and all other contributors for joining with us to solve this serious issue with careful thought and consideration.” The program provides diapers and wipes for about one-third of the in store cost. “With 1 in 3 mothers in the United States experiencing diaper need, program scalability is crucial,” he said.

Contributors to and collaborators in this six-county effort include First 5 California, SupplyBank.Org, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, First 5 Alameda County, Kaiser Permanente, Sunlight Giving, the Brin Wojcicki Foundation and the Thomas J. Long Foundation. Anyone interested in learning more or supporting this work is encouraged to contact SupplyBank.Org.



First 5 California, Alameda County & SupplyBank.Org Launch Innovative Diaper Kit Pilot Program to Aid Local Families

[July 17, 2018] Oakland, California – Hundreds of parents at Eastmont Mall WIC Office were the first of more than 2,000 families in Northern California to receive a helping hand thanks to a coalition of public and private organizations coordinated by the nonprofit SupplyBank.Org. To address both the issue of “diaper need” and the early learning gap for young children from low-income families, First 5 California, Alameda County and SupplyBank.Org have joined forces to launch a pilot Diaper Kit Program, which provides families with children ages 0-3 with monthly kits containing 100 diapers and 200 baby wipes. The kits are designed with colorful messaging from the award-winning Talk. Read. Sing.® campaign, to convey the importance of talking, reading and singing to babies daily to promote early brain development. In attendance at today’s kickoff were First 5 California Commission Chairman George Halvorson and Chief Deputy Director and Counsel Frank Furtek, SupplyBank.Org Founder and Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson, the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Wilma Chan and several other agency representatives.

Costing up to $100/month, diapers are often the highest unaddressed cost burden for low-income families, accounting for up to 14% of a household budget. In addition to diaper need, the program seeks to combat the kindergarten readiness gap faced by young children from low-income families as compared to their affluent peers, by using the kits to disseminate messaging from First 5 California’s Talk. Read. Sing. campaign. “Diaper need is a serious problem in California and across the nation, but this issue provides the opportunity for an innovative solution,” said First 5 California Commission Chair George Halvorson. “The delivery of this valuable resource also helps raise the awareness of talking, reading, singing, and even counting to babies, which helps stimulate brain development, improve health, and close the readiness gap. This partnership is a key investment in early childhood wellness and education.”

Diaper need also creates a barrier to families accessing childcare, as parents are required to provide a day or week’s supply of diapers upon dropping their child off at daycare. For families living on the margins of economic stability, an issue as simple as diaper need can snowball into inescapable poverty. “In 15 neighborhoods in the County, more than one-half of children are living in poverty; in another 36 neighborhoods, more than one-third of children are,” said Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Wilma Chan. “The Diaper Kit Program closely aligns with several of the goals of ALL IN Alameda County, our new war on poverty, by ensuring babies are healthy and parents have access to childcare and thus employment.” Parents often call in sick if they do not have access to childcare due to a lack of diapers, which can eventually lead to termination or an inability to obtain employment at all.

Diaper need also results in severe medical conditions including diaper dermatitis, urinary tract infections, candidiasis and others. The numbers are staggering, with more than 41,000 hospital visits statewide in 2016, 80% of which were to the ER, costing at least $49 million. In Alameda County, there were more than 1,000 hospital visits.

Today’s diaper distribution event was one of dozens happening on a monthly basis throughout a six-county pilot region, which includes Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. Through the program, eligible clients of partnering Women, Infants & Children (WIC) clinics and First 5 family resource centers can pick up diaper kits where they regularly receive other services. “Structural realities have created gross inequities across zip codes resulting in life expectancy differentials among neighborhoods of up to 13 years, “ says First 5 Alameda County C.E.O. Kristin Spanos. “We envision communities in which families can get what they need, when they need it, so that all children thrive. Diapers and other basic necessities are essential part of that vision.” This integrated service delivery approach means families do not have to wait in line to receive aid.

The Diaper Kit Program is one of several programs that SupplyBank.Org administers to address the unmet material needs of low-income children and families. “We’re excited to be launching this scalable model to address diaper need here in Alameda County, where our organization has its roots,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Founder and Executive Director of SupplyBank.Org. “We are grateful for the partnership and leadership of First 5 California, Alameda County and all other contributors for joining with us to solve this serious issue with careful thought and consideration.” The program provides diapers and wipes for about one-third of the in store cost. “With 1 in 3 mothers in the United States experiencing diaper need, program scalability is crucial,” he said.

Contributors to and collaborators in this six-county effort include First 5 California, SupplyBank.Org, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, First 5 Alameda County, Kaiser Permanente, Sunlight Giving, the Brin Wojcicki Foundation and the Thomas J. Long Foundation. Anyone interested in learning more or supporting this work is encouraged to contact SupplyBank.Org.


K to College Back to School Reception Benefits Local Students

[June 28, 2018] Oakland, California – Local civic, education, business and nonprofit leaders gathered at Beneficial State Bank on Thursday for SupplyBank.Org’s K to College Back to School Reception to benefit our local school supply programs in Oakland, Berkeley and throughout the East Bay. Featured speakers included Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Wilma Chan, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel Laguerre.

Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson also gave an update on the exciting path ahead for SupplyBank.Org, including the launch of a new Diaper Kit Assistance Program in partnership with First 5 California and the Green Access Pledge (GAP) program, which provides refurbished laptops to community college students.

SupplyBank.Org is grateful for all of the wonderful speakers and attendees, and our event sponsors including Kaiser Permanente, Comcast, Give Something Back Workplace Solutions, California Teachers Association, Masons of California, Berkeley Lions Club, Waste Management, Wells Fargo, and our host, Beneficial State Bank.









Sacramento Diaper Kit Program Kickoff

Sacramento Diaper Kit Program Kickoff

Oakland Diaper Kit Program Kickoff

Green Access Pledge (GAP) Program Kickoff Event at Laney College

[June 14, 2018] Oakland, California – The Green Access Pledge (GAP) program kicked off this spring with a donation of 35 refurbished laptops to CalWORKs students enrolled in summer courses at Laney College. Partners in this effort include Merit Partners and StopWaste.org.

Employers can donate retired laptops or “e-waste” to be refurbished and redistributed to support community college students through this program by filling out this form.


Partnership with Huawei Technologies and City of San Pablo Provides Supplies to 400+ Students

[January 18, 2018] San Pablo, California – More than 400 excited Lake Elementary School students received school supply kits valued at $65 each on Thursday thanks to a partnership with Huawei Technologies and the City of San Pablo. The event kicked off with a brief assembly in the school cafeteria, followed by a distribution of totes containing pens, pencils, art supplies and more. The offices of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia pitched in to distribute kits to each student. Also in attendance were Lake Elementary School Principal Wendy Gonzalez, Huawei Technologies Senior Director of Government & Community Affairs Alison Jenkin, and SupplyBank.Org Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson and staff.





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K to College Highlights

SupplyBank.Org Kickoff Luncheon

[November 17, 2017] Berkeley, California – The SupplyBank.Org Kickoff Luncheon was a celebration of partners in our local programs as well as early supporters of our campaign to build a modern 70,000 square foot distribution center here in the East Bay.

Distinguished guests in attendance included Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Former Congressman George Miller, State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez, State Treasurer John Chiang, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Contra Costa County Supervisors John Gioia and Karen Mitchoff, Solano County Supervisors Erin Hannigan and John Vasquez, San Francisco County Supervisor Mark Farrell, leadership from First 5 Association of California, Kaiser Permanente and Huawei Technologies, several local and national foundation executives, and several other local and state public officials.