Diaper Bank of North Carolina Responds to Government Shutdown with Support for Furloughed Families

First distribution event for families impacted by the shutdown held onsite at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

DURHAM, NC, January 25, 2019 – Diaper Bank of North Carolina (DBNC) will be hosting a special distribution of diapers and other personal hygiene supplies to families impacted by the federal government shutdown. Estimates show between 6,300 and 7,800 North Carolina residents are currently furloughed or working without pay.

 “We know that many of our state’s workers are already living paycheck to paycheck,” said Michelle Old, Executive Director of DBNC.  “Going without pay, even for a short period, places these families in a vulnerable position.”

DBNC works to distribute dignity across North Carolina by ensuring that families have sufficient diapers, feminine hygiene supplies, and other personal care items. The organization maintains three regional branches in the Triangle, Greater Triad, and Lower Cape Fear.

“Every day we hear from federal workers who are having to choose between paying for housing and heating or having enough diapers for their children.” explained Old. “The need for support is at a critical level and will continue for some time as families try to regroup once the furlough ends.”

The need is likely to increase as the shutdown stretches into the future. “We are also aware that families that receive support such as SNAP (food stamps) are in jeopardy of having a disruption in their benefits,” Old stated. “Loss of that support will create financial pressure on other areas, including personal hygiene essentials.”

The organization is rallying support from the community. Donations of diapers and feminine hygiene supplies may be brought to DBNC headquarters at 1311 East Club Blvd. Durham NC 27704 and monetary donations may be made online at https://ncdiaperbank.org/donate.

“Blue Cross NC understands this has been a difficult time for federal employees.  As a former federal government employee, I understand the vital work they do each and every day for the American people. It is what makes our nation the greatest in the world.  Families shouldn’t have to make the choice between buying food or diapers for their children.  We’re proud of our partnership with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina and the positive impact they’ve had on our community,” said Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The first distribution event for families impacted by the shutdown will be held Wednesday, January 30th, 11 am until 2 pm on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina campus located at 1965 Ivy Creek Blvd, Durham, NC,  Building 200.

… Updated information will be available on the organization website at https://ncdiaperbank.org.