SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This Giving Tuesday, Bay Area moms and babies in need could use a helping hand. Specifically, they could use diapers.
The average monthly diaper bill is $80 to $100, yet diapers are not covered by federal assistance programs.
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As such, moms facing financial struggles often have to choose before food and a clean diaper for their baby.
Seeing that need, two Bay Area moms started a nonprofit in 2009.
Oakland-based Help a Mother Out works to improve baby and family well-being by increasing access to diapers for families in need.
In addition to running the San Francisco Diaper Bank, the nation's first publicly funded diaper bank, Help a Mother Out distributes diapers to families in need through its Bay Area Diaper Bank program. The organization has raised and distributed 2 million diapers since its founding.
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Help a Mother Out founder Lisa Truong says COVID-19 has made their mission more urgent.
"We have significantly expanded its distribution of free diapers across the Bay Area to meet the dramatic increase in need as families face the economic fallout of COVID-19," said Truong.
Right now, its goal is to raise $50,000 before Dec. 31 and the board is offering limited gift matching dollar for dollar.