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Supplies dwindle as diaper need skyrockets, DIAPERS NEEDED
Twice As Nice Mother & Child continues to work to meet need
A 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 non-essential 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.
With diapers and wipes among items that a Coronavirus-wary nation has hoarded, Mathis now eyes her storage spaces warily. The three-month inventory she normally maintains is disappearing. And community diaper drives have been canceled.
“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.
“We buy 90 percent of the diapers we distribute,” Mathis continued. “Due to hoarding and heightened demand, suppliers are delaying and in some instances canceling shipments. Wipes, for example, are just not available through my suppliers right now.”
Twice as Nice Mother & Child assists more than 1,000 children and 500 families each month, Mathis said. “That was pre-COVID-19,” she added. “I’m expecting that number will double for at least the next three months.”
Mathis’ former core group of 14 volunteers is down to about six, including herself, as some elder volunteers are avoiding leaving their homes. Before last month, student and other adult groups regularly attended diaper-wrapping sessions to prepare bundles for distribution. But with social distancing rules in place, that’s now down to the singular six.
Each sits at his or her own table, with gloves, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes at the ready, to do the work that used to be done by a dozen or more helpers at a time.
Mathis, who has seven children of her own, said she is determined to keep going. Diaper distributions remain available to partnering agencies via curbside pickup at TANMC’s Waukegan address. And the organization’s mobile pantry program continues to serve families as scheduled, with the next taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Warren-Newport Public Library parking lot, 224 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee. Dates and locations for all of the mobile pantries are listed at twiceasnicemc.org.
Registration to receive mobile pantry services is online only for the time being. Participating recipients are asked to remain in their cars and follow volunteers’ drive-through directions.
Mathis said safety net programs such as food stamps or WIC do not cover diapers. So need is always great. But with unemployment climbing and many store shelves bare, more people than ever are turning to Twice As Nice and other diaper banks.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting families who lack access to diapers and other basic necessities,” she said. “The panic buying, the hoarding, the job losses, community shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders are all forcing more people to turn to diaper banks like ours.
“All of these things also are depleting supplies,” she said. “We’re trying to do the best we can to meet the increased demand and help those in need during this crisis.”
Those in a position to help are encouraged to visit twiceasnicemc.org, where cash donations are accepted via PayPal. People also can shop TANMC’s wish list on Amazon and have items shipped to the organization’s Oak Grove Avenue address. Cash donations are always greatly appreciated, Mathis said, as TANMC is able to purchase diapers at a discount through its National Diaper Bank Network membership.
Ann Marie Mathis, Founder/Executive Director
Twice As Nice Mother & Child
NEWS RELEASEPRESS OFFICERelease Date: March 12, 2020 Contact: Jennifer.Kelly@sba.gov (202)205-7036Release Number: 20-24 Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & InstagramSBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance LoansWASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending• The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.• Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).• SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.• Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.• These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.• SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.###About the U.S. Small Business AdministrationThe U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.