When Maplewood resident and Tuscan School teacher Claire Sinclair heard that the Interfaith Food Pantry in Orange hasn’t been able to give out diapers for the last few weeks due to lack of supply, she sprang into action.
“I decided to post it and see what would happen,” wrote Sinclair. “I am going to have it run through Tuesday, August 22, and if it is a success, maybe try to do one every few months. The response has been AMAZING!”
According to Kate Cahill of the OLS Food Pantry and MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity), sizes 4, 5, and 6 are in most demand.
“We have until Tuesday, August 22 to drop them to me,” said Sinclair. “If this is a big success, we will see how we can make it happen more often. Some people are actually SHIPPING boxes directly from Amazon to me. It has been amazing!
Sinclair said she was particularly moved by this story: “There have been women who show up at the pantry with their babies in plastic grocery bags because they cannot afford diapers. The thought just makes my heart break.”
Cahill noted that she and Sinclair were talking about plans for South Orange-Maplewood-based Facebook public group Feed SOMany “when I shared the situation about the diaper shortage at the MEND pantries, and Claire stepped up with this fabulous initiative.” Cahill noted that locals have gotten used to calls for peanut butter and pasta, but were excited to see a call for new items particularly related to babies.