Emergency Supplies For Childcare Providers
Hoarding at grocery stores depleted child care and cleaning supplies, not only in Chicago but nationwide, and stores were unable to restock fast enough to meet demand.
Cradles to Crayons, which provides families living in homeless or low-income situations with free clothing, books and gear for children, was forced by COVID-19 to shut down its usual warehouse operations. The Chicago-based nonprofit organization quickly pivoted to bulk ordering of diapers, wipes and child hygiene kits.
Paired with lists supplied from child care providers connected to DFSS and the Latino Policy Forum’s Acuerdo network, within weeks providers primarily on the city’s South and West sides received large deliveries of supplies to distribute to their families, addressing the needs of more than 24,000 young children.
Cradles to Crayons, along with DFSS and the Latino Policy Forum, launched into action again to re-inventory needs. A second wave of diapers and wipes were ordered and delivered, with help from a small army of volunteers — many from the McCormick Foundation and others in their network — as well as the delivery service, Schlep.