Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Baby2Baby, a nonprofit providing baby essentials to families in need, partnered to host a free drive-thru distribution of diapers and baby wipes on Friday, Sept. 4, at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, 4801 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles.
Volunteers expected reaching 400 children. In addition, representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau were on hand to make sure families completed the 2020 Census while in their cars waiting for baby supplies.
“The disparities that East Los Angeles families are enduring in this pandemic are profound. Many families are diluting baby formula to make it last longer given how costly and hard it has been to find,” said Supervisor Solis. “I am proud to partner with Baby2Baby to make sure parents gain access to essential items that will keep their children safe and healthy.”
While at this event, Supervisor Solis announced LA County’s financial support of Baby2Baby. At Supervisor Solis’ direction, Los Angeles County has awarded Baby2Baby a $1 million grant — the single largest donation Baby2Baby has ever received. Earlier this year, Supervisor Solis provided Baby2Baby with a $10,000 grant from her discretionary funding.
“We can’t begin to express how thankful we are for this extraordinary grant from Supervisor Solis and Los Angeles County,” shared Baby2Baby Co-Presidents Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof. “This grant of one million dollars for Baby2Baby to purchase and supply formula means that parents who have been struggling due to lost jobs and extreme financial pressure during the pandemic will not have to worry about how they will feed their babies. We are so proud of this partnership that will allow us to provide life-saving formula to countless families in their greatest time of need.”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baby2Baby has partnered with Supervisor Solis to provide 562,402 diapers, 649,647 wipes, and 215 cans of formula at various food distributions throughout the Supervisorial First District.
Representatives from the U.S. Census made sure attending families had filled out the 2020 Census because an accurate census count ensures that local communities receive their fair share of federal funds to support local schools, senior centers, and community clinics. As of Aug. 11, East Los Angeles reported a 56.9 percent census. As of Aug. 11, East Los Angeles reported a 56.9 percent census response rate, which is well below the County’s response rate of 60.1 percent and the state’s response rate of 64.9 percent.
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