The YMCA of Metro North is collaborating with Shaw’s Supermarkets to collect diapers and wipes to distribute to local families in need during the COVID-19 emergency. Several local Shaw’s stores will serve as collection sites for the YMCA’s diaper drive, and supplies will then be distributed from the YMCA of Metro North’s branches in Lynn, Peabody, and Melrose to families that are now struggling to afford basic necessities.

Diapers and wipes will be collected at the following Shaw’s locations beginning Saturday, May 23rd: 114-128 Essex Center Drive in Peabody, 11 Traders Way in Salem, and 34 Essex Street in Melrose. All sizes are being collected, but larger sizes are more in demand.

According to the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three families do not have enough diapers and wipes for their children. With so many parents and caregivers currently out of work due to the pandemic, obtaining these infant care supplies is quickly becoming a problem for more families. WIC and S.N.A.P programs do not allow for diaper and wipe purchases.

“We are proud to support the efforts of the YMCA of Metro North during this unprecedented time,” said Ken Rinaldi, Vice President of Retail Operations for Shaw’s Supermarkets.  “We invite our customers and community members to also support the YMCA and local families by making a donation of diapers at our Peabody, Salem and Melrose Shaw’s stores.”

Shaw’s, recently funded the Lynn Y’s meal distribution program through their Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Fund with a $5,000 grant. The Lynn Y distributed over 2,000 Grab N Go meals during the month of April.

“The Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation has been so quick to pivot its giving to provide emergency assistance to our neighbors during this crisis,” says Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro North. “New challenges keep emerging daily, so innovation and adaptability are key right now, and companies like Shaw’s are jumping in to help with our efforts. Collaborations like this are vital to the health and resilience of our community so people get the resources they need to carry them through this challenging time.”

The YMCA of Metro North will continue the diaper drive through the COVID-19 shutdown. The association has collected more than 5,000 diapers from its members with additional sizable donations from Tufts Health Plan, Lynn Public Library and the Salvation Army of Lynn. 153 families have already received donations, and there is currently a waiting list of those still seeking diapers. People who wish to donate diapers or those in need can find more information here.