The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise opened it’s Baby Basics Diaper Distribution Site on Marco Island in October 2016 with support and assistance from the Lutheran Church. However, with client growth and natural synergies of those supported, Sunrise Rotary has formed a partnership with Our Daily Bread Food Pantry Family Church of Marco Island to distribute their diapers on the second Saturday of the month from the food pantry.
Baby Basics is the only organization providing free diapers on a consistent basis to low-income working families in Collier County. Babies of working low income families qualify for support if no other direct state or federal income support is provided to the family. Families that receive support use the money they would normally spend on diapers to buy food, pay rent or purchase medicine for their babies. Currently Sunrise Rotary is supporting 20 babies a month which equates to having distributed over 42,000 diapers since the Marco Island distribution site opened 18 months ago.
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry exists to share their religious ethos by reducing hunger and building relationships in our community. Through each twice monthly food distribution over 70 families are fed. The goal of the pantry in 2018 is to feed 15,00 guest. The pantry distributes food on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
Distribution Site Manager Terry Bryne Symon noted, “It’s a natural fit. Currently over half of the babies serviced by our site also receive services from Our Daily Bread. For the convenience of the families this is one stop shopping.”
Family Church Food Pantry Community Coordinator Liz Pecora commented that a few of the clients that came for diapers gained knowledge of and received services from the pantry, and the reverse. This is a win-win for both of us.
Financial eligibility for support from this program falls to the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Florida income guidelines along with ongoing proof of employment. Qualified babies are enrolled through three years of age and extended on a case-by-case basis.
To learn more about the Marco Island Baby Basics diaper distribution center or how to apply for assistance contact Natalia Armstrong at 201-572-0518. To learn more about Our Daily Bread Food Pantry contact Liz at 239-394-1646 ext. 225 or OurDailyBread@fbcmarco.com.