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Free diapers and baby supplies San Francisco and San Mateo County.

While widely disbursed throughout the region, there are several places to turn to get assistance with baby supplies. Qualified low income parents in San Mateo as well as San Francisco County can find everything from free diapers to infant formula, cribs, WIC vouchers, financial aid, and much more.

What is available depends on many factors. Organizations such as the Bay Area Diaper Bank often rely on donations, so they try to meet requests as resources allow. Other groups, including charitable run food pantries that may have formula, depend on volunteers. The parents income will also come into consideration.

Free baby supplies is available for people of all backgrounds. There is help for single moms or dads, immigrants, Chinese or Spanish speakers, the homeless and really anyone in need. The leading non-profits, government programs, and charities to apply at for help with baby stuff and/or diapers are below.

YMCA Of San Francisco Urban Services and the OMI Family Resource Center
Address: 156 Broad Street
San Francisco, California 94112
Main phone number is 415-406-1370
The non-profit helps new parents. There are classes, free support groups, and other services. In addition, any low income parent on Calworks may get free diapers, if their kid or infant is under the age of 4.

Diaper Bank of San Francisco as well as San Mateo
There are several charities that are part of this volunteer organization. Baby stuff, including diapers, is usually for families on CalWorks, or qualified for it. Call 211 for referrals

Help A Mother Out
P.O. Box 410821
San Francisco, California 94141
For referrals, dial (415) 938-6667.




Alpha Pregnancy Center (APC)
5070 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
Main phone - 415-584-6800
All services are free. There is counseling, pregnancy testing, clothing, food, and more. As far as basic supplies, clients can receive cribs, baby wipes or diapers, strollers, car seats, maternity clothing for the mom, and much more. All of the assistance also incorporates classes around parenting and life skills.

Salvation Army of San Francisco
Formula, food, case management, and other supplies are offered to struggling households or those in poverty. There are multiple sites in the city and county.

Baby Basics of the Peninsula
405 El Camino Real, #238
Menlo Park California 94025
Call 650-714-3059 for information.
This agency will focus more on San Mateo County families.

Homeless Prenatal Program
500 - 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone - 415-546-6756
Free vouchers for everything from groceries to baby diapers are offered as part of Stabilizing Families. The San Francisco based charity also offers cribs, car seats, strollers, and other assistance to homeless parents. Substance abusers can also get help as well as domestic violence victims in the form of housing, shelter, and baby stuff.

WIC sites
They are located at both the San Francisco as well as San Mateo County Department Of Public Health. This is a government assistance program. It arranges for health check ups, food, formula, and nutritious education. It supports both pregnant and  breast-feeding women.
Van Ness Avenue office – dial 415-657-1724
Southeast Health Center can be reached at 415-206-5494
Silver Avenue Health Center is a WIC partner. Call 415-364-7654
Chinatown Public Health Center - 415-682-1928
Ocean Park Health Center - 415-671-7059





San Mateo County Health System - Family Health Services also accepts WIC applications. The address is 2160 Euclid Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303. Dial 650-573-2168.

Coastside Hope of San Mateo County
99 Avenue Alhambra #1089
El Granada, CA 94018
Call 1-650-726-9071
Diapers and baby formula are combined with emergency financial aid. Services are in English and Spanish. There are also ESL classes, Brown Bag food program, and more.

San Mateo Salvation Army centers
Using a combination of food pantries, clothing closets, and thrift stores, the charity may help. Find diapers, beds for parents or new kids, baby formula and other free or low cost items.

By Jon McNamara

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