Kiwanis helps establish BabyCare Cupboards to serve infants and toddlers in Utah and the Intermountain West by supplying infant necessities such as diapers, formula and baby food to low-income families.
We serve children and babies by meeting their basic survival needs and addressing essential issues affecting their quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Kiwanis BabyCare Cupboard?
The BabyCare Cupboard is a non-profit charitable program sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs and Kiwanis International. The purpose of the BabyCare Cupboards is to serve babies and young children of our community by supplying infant necessities such as diapers, formula and baby food to low-income Utah families to meet their basic survival needs and to address essential issues affecting their quality of life.
What is Kiwanis?
“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.” Kiwanis was organized in 1915 in Detroit, Mich. Kiwanis Club chapters are now found in 96 countries. “A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers.”
Why did Kiwanis establish BabyCare Cupboards?
More than 200,000 Utahns live under the poverty line. Thirty-nine percent of them are children. Many families struggle to provide the basic needs of infants and toddlers.
After learning of the vital need to provide diapers, formula, baby food and other care items, the Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club began its BabyCare Cupboard in 2000. Since then, the Club has assisted eight other club chapters to start BabyCare Cupboards in their own areas, making vital resources available to children and families in many Utah and Idaho communities.
How are Babycare Cupboard materials dispersed?
All BabyCare Cupboards work in cooperation with already existing food pantries or shelter centers. This method keeps costs and maintenance to a minimum, while providing substantial service to needy families. Kiwanis Clubs are mainly involved with fundraising efforts, keeping BabyCare Cupboards stocked, while allowing food pantry personnel the freedom to disperse materials as needed.
How many people has BabyCare Cupboard helped so far?
Many statistics are not currently available. However, 8,696 children received assistance in 2004 and one chapter alone served 1,366 infants and children per month through BabyCare Cupboards in 2005.
Kiwanis BabyCare Cupboards make a difference!
How are BabyCare Cupboards funded?
The Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club established the first BabyCare Cupboard with money from the club’s own fundraising efforts. In 2004 and 2005, the Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club was awarded $25,000 grants from Kiwanis International. The Capitol Hill Club has used the grant money to assist eight other area chapters to establish local BabyCare Cupboards.
Chapters interested in establishing BabyCare Cupboards must first raise $2,500 through their own efforts. The Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club will then match that sum in helping to serve children and families in local communities.
How can I get involved?
Individuals wishing to contribute goods, money or time can do so at their local BabyCare Cupboard. Donations are always welcome.
One way to make a big difference in your own community is to join your local Kiwanis Club. Speak with a Kiwanis member for more information.
The Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club (www.chk.homestead.com) can be contacted at:
Kiwanis BabyCare Fund
P.O. Box 2124
Salt Lake City, UT 84110-2124
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