Milford United Way, TEAM launch diaper drive for needy

MILFORD >> The United Way of Milford and TEAM are celebrating the United Way’s 60th anniversary in a practical way: a city diaper drive through Sept. 30.

The goal is to collect 60,000 diapers; 1,000 for every year of United Way of Milford.

Disposable diapers are costly and are not covered by Woman, Infants and Children and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, according to a press release.

Diaper drive organizers aim to convert the Diaper Closet in Derby into a much larger diaper bank, with a constant supply of diapers in all sizes that would allow United Way to provide diapers to some 9,000 people, it said.

A month’s supply of diapers can cost more than $100. The vast majority of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers, the release said.

According to the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three American families will struggle to afford diapers. Locally, the problem touches about 16.5 percent of city residents, the release said.

Drop-off locations are: United Way of Milford; People’s United Bank; Opin Orthodontics; Milford Public Library; Milford Pediatric Group; Boys and Girls Club of Milford; City clerk at City Hall; Harold F. Woodruff Family YMCA; Milford Health Department; The Milford Bank, all five locations; Bridges Healthcare; and Milford Senior Center. ShopRite will collect them Sept. 24-30.

Local state legislators behind the drive include Sen. Gayle Slossberg; and Reps. Pam Staneski, R-Milford; Charles Ferraro, R-West Haven; and Kim Rose, D-Milford, Staneski said in a press release.