Physician-founded Allied Foundation Runs Long Island’s Only Diaper Bank

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Executive Director Heather Edwards stands in front of a donation of 220,000 diapers
Courtesy Allied Foundation

Allied Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that runs Long Island’s only diaper bank, one of 18 diaper banks in New York State, recently celebrated the donation of 2 million diapers since 2020.

The charity was founded in 2015 by pediatricians at Allied Physicians Group who recognized a great need among low-income families for diapers for their babies. Without clean diapers, infants and young children face health risks, and the physicians wanted to help.

“We’re founded by pediatricians and physicians who want to make a difference, and we do that one diaper at a time,” says Allied Foundation Executive Director Heather Edwards. “Our mission is to improve the health and well-being in our communities.”

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Allied Foundation’s Board of Directors, from left to right: Heather Edwards, Executive Director; Jennifer Shaer, M.D., Founder of Allied Foundation and Chief Medical Officer of Allied Physicians Group; Scott Svitek, M.D., Chair of Allied Foundation Board; Kerry Fierstein, M.D., CEO of Allied Physicians Group and Adjuvant.Health; Gary Mirkin, M.D., President of Allied Physicians Group; and Claire Cohen, M.D., partner pediatrician at Garden City PediatricsCourtesy Allied Foundation

The Allied Foundation Diaper Bank officially joined the National Diaper Bank Network in 2017 and is the only Long Island member. Diaper need across the Island has only increased since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020, and there are no federal or state aid programs, such as SNAP or WIC, that allocate dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. 

“Most people don’t realize that there is no safety net program for low-income families to purchase diapers and that they really don’t have options,” Edwards says.

To store the hundreds of thousands of diapers to be donated, Allied Foundation partners with Flexible Business Systems to use their warehouse space in Hauppauge.

In addition to the diaper bank, Allied Foundation launched the Allied Foundation Period Project in 2021. It is the only Long Island member of the national organization the Alliance for Period Supplies and has so far distributed more than 100,000 menstrual/period supplies to those in need.

For more information, visit alliedfoundation.org.