By Terrell McAlily
Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer
Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the Health Department and a local non-profit group have joined to help supply families with diapers.
ShareBaby will distribute $500,000 in diapers to 10,000 vulnerable children through funding from the Maryland Department of Health, officials explained at a news conference Wednesday.
Young stressed that the need for clean diapers has skyrocketed since the coronavirus outbreak. One in three families struggle to have enough diapers.
In another effort to help a segment of the city population, the mayor announced that 20 Charm City artists have created the Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund, which will provide financial assistance to those artists in Baltimore. The fund includes 250 grants for $500 each. Artists can apply online, and people can also donate, he said.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues across the city, state and nation. Officials report Maryland has 6,185 confirmed cases with 138 deaths. Baltimore City reported 638 confirmed cases and 13 deaths.
“Everyone needs to stay inside unless you are going out for religious reasons,” Young said.
“I don’t want residents to panic, but understand the importance of the urgency we are in.”