Women’s shelters across the city say more women are seeking refuge with young children in tow, putting a strain on resources.

Nellie’s, a shelter in Toronto’s east end, says 14 of their 36 beds are currently occupied by children, and the majority of those are toddlers.

Ingrid Graham, the shelter’s manager of development, says diapers are so in demand, the cost is coming out of their already-stretched food budget.

“The more babies, the more money we’re putting towards buying diapers, baby formula and baby wipes,” Graham said. “All the help we can get can help us stretch our budget a little further.”