May was an amazing mont h for DC Diaper Bank’s newest program – The Baby Pantry: Food & Other Essentials. And we have eight area Whole Foods Markets and their customers and staff to thank!

While diapers and wipes are always our most needed items, our families often struggle with other essentials to help their babies thrive. When we announced our plans to expand our offerings, eight Whole Foods Market stores stepped up to ensure that our shelves were full for the launch. Each weekend throughout May our amazing army of volunteers spent time greeting customers and collecting donations to fill our shelves so that we could launch this exciting program with sufficient inventory to serve our 18 Community Partners across the DC Metro Region. And right now, they are gloriously full!

Thank you Whole Foods Market Friendship HeightsSilver SpringBethesdaTenleyArlington, P Street,Kentlands, and Rockville for hosting us!  Thank YOU to all the folks who generously donated baby essentials they no longer needed and those who purchased new items to donate at the register! We are so excited and thankful for the opportunity to be able to share the work we do with these amazing communities and help lots of families in need thrive at the same time.

Drum roll please! Together we collected:

  • more than 10,000 wipes
  • nearly 8,000 diapers
  • over 2,000 jars and pouches of baby food!
  • Plus baby books, formula, cream, shampoo, toothbrushes, potty seats, toddler underwear, toddler snacks, thermometers, rice cereals, sleep sacks and so many more essential items for families.

To see what each store location collected, be sure to visit their Facebook page and leave them a comment about just how awesome it is to see great business’ partnering with non-profits to help those in our communities.

Of course, our shelves won’t stay full for long. Help us by spreading the word to others (here’s a Baby Pantry Flyer to help!) and donating items. Please only donate items that you would feel comfortable giving to a friend or family member or, of course, your own baby!  Items can be dropped at any of our Ambassador Locations or our Warehouse.  If you have a question about a donation please contact us at 202-656-8503

Heather Foley, Board Chair