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Daily Essentials

Daily Essentials

About the Daily Essentials Program

The Oxford dictionary defines the word essential as, “absolutely necessary; extremely important.” This is the basis for our Daily Essentials program which recognizes that diapers and other health and hygiene items are absolutely necessary and extremely important to maintain our health and well-being.

The Daily Essentials program was launched in October of 2021 and has been a huge success. In the first six months of launching the program alone, the Redwood Empire Food Bank provided diapers to 55,000 children—over one million diapers total.

We are proud to offer the Daily Essentials program to any organization serving low-income families with children under the age of 4 years old. Partnerships can include churches, non-profit organizations, schools, preschools, family child care providers, hospitals, clinics, foster care, youth, parent education, teen parent programs, family resource centers, low-income housing developments, WIC offices, drug & rehabilitation centers, CalFresh service providers, County services, and anyone else serving low-income families with infants in need of diapers.

To become a partner of the Daily Essentials program, please fill out the Application section below.


Daily Essentials Application

Please begin by signing the Daily Essentials Partnership Agreement here.

Eligibility

DESCRIBE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSION, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES, INCLUDING YOUR GEOGRAPHIC SERVICE AREA AND DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE POPULATION YOU CURRENTLY SERVE.

IS THERE A NEED FOR DIAPERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
PLEASE DESCRIBE USING DATA AND/OR OBSERVED EVIDENCE.

HOW MANY FAMILIES DO YOU SERVE PER MONTH ON AVERAGE?

Contact Information

ORGANIZATION NAME

Country
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *

PHONE NUMBER

WEBSITE ADDRESS

First Name *
Last Name *

TITLE

EMAIL

PHONE NUMBER

Delivery & Transportation

PLEASE NOTE: THE MINIMUM DELIVERY REQUIREMENT IS AN ORDER OF 84 CASES OR MORE OF DIAPERS, WHICH IS 2 PALLETS, UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY RECEIVING A REGULAR DELIVERY OF GROCERIES FROM THE REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK.

Does your organization plan to pick up or receive delivery of diapers from the Redwood Empire Food Bank?
Does your organization prefer to pick up or receive delivery:
IF YOU PREFER TO PICK UP YOUR ORDER, WHICH DAY OF THE WEEK DO YOU PREFER? (FOR DELIVERY, THE DAY WILL BE DETERMINED BY OUR OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNICATED TO THE PARTNER.)

IS DELIVERY TO THE SAME ADDRESS LISTED ABOVE?
IF NOT, PLEASE PROVIDE THE ADDRESS(ES) FOR DELIVERY.

Storage & Logistics

Diaper Sizing and Quantities
Does your organization have the space to store diapers?
Do you plan to store and distribute diapers at the same location/address listed above?

IF NO, PLEASE ENTER THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU PLAN TO STORE AND DISTRIBUTE DIAPERS BELOW. 

Do you have the ability to track the number of diapers distributed, households served and children served each month and provide that data for a monthly report?

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can partner with the Redwood Empire Food Bank for the Daily Essentials Program?

    Any organization serving low-income families with children under the age of 4 years old. Partnerships can include churches, non-profit organizations, schools, preschools, family child care providers, hospitals, clinics, foster care, youth, parent education, teen parent programs, family resource centers, low-income housing developments, WIC offices, drug & rehabilitation centers, CalFresh service providers, County services, and anyone else serving low-income families with infants in need of diapers.

  • Can diapers be delivered?

    Yes, we can set up a regular delivery schedule (monthly, biweekly, or weekly) which requires a minimum of 2 pallets (84 cases) per order. We will work together to find a schedule that works.

  • Can diapers be picked up at The Redwood Empire Food Bank?

    Yes, we can set up a regular pick-up schedule (monthly, biweekly, or weekly, no minimum is required. When you arrive at the Redwood Empire Food Bank, drive around the back and check-in at the Logistics Office to pick up your order. In addition, you can also visit the Food Connections Market at the Redwood Empire Food Bank and get diapers directly without using the order form.

  • Are there reporting requirements?

    Yes, there is a monthly report that ensures we continue to secure funding. It will be sent in an email reminder at the end of each month.

  • Do clients have to register to receive diapers?

    No, they do not, unless your organization has registration requirements for your programming. The Redwood Empire Food Bank requires participants to show proof of the child’s birthdate (child physically present, medical card, birth certificate, passport). As a partner, you may or may not choose to follow the same procedure.

  • Is there proof of income required by clients picking up diapers?

    No, there is no proof of income required.

  • Is there a maximum amount of diapers that clients can access throughout the month?

    No, the recommended amount of diapers to offer an infant is 300 diapers per month. The average infant requires 10 diaper changes each day. Should you have families that need more or less than that, we leave that up to your discretion on how to best serve your clients.

  • What type of diapers are provided?

    We do our best to source and procure high-quality diapers. As is the case with any diaper, it is recommended to apply diaper cream proactively to the baby’s bottom to prevent rashes.

  • What will the Daily Essentials program look like in the future?

    Expansion of the program into other daily essentials such as wipes, adult diapers, feminine hygiene, and other non-food necessities is the goal.

  • What steps do I take to become a partner of the Redwood Empire Food Bank and start receiving diapers to offer our participants?

    1. Complete the online application below.
    2. Complete and sign this agreement.
    3. You will be contacted to establish a schedule for delivery or pick-up.

  • How do I order diapers?

    Use the order form to place an order for diapers. The same link will work each time you need to place an order for diapers. Please allow 4-5 working days for processing to ensure your order is ready in time for the pre-established pick-up or delivery date.

For all Daily Essentials questions please fill out this inquiry or contact me directly:

Amy Tobener-Talley
Daily Essentials Coordinator 
atalley@refb.org 
707-239-1025

Did You Know?

On average one child needs 10 diaper changes per day. Changing diapers less frequently can lead to serious health and hygiene problems, even hospitalization. Families spend approximately $100 per month, per child, on diapers. To make matters worse, there are no federal assistance programs for diapers. Some families report that they have to use money budgeted to buy food to pay for diapers.

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