What is a Diaper Bank?
Diaper Banks help provide access to diapers to those in need in the local community. Diaper Banks, like Food Banks, help fill a gap between the social safety net and actual family needs. However, in the case of diapers, unlike food, there is no public subsidy specifically dedicated to providing diapers to families.
What does a Diaper Bank look like?
Diaper Banks come in many shapes and sizes, but all Diaper Banks provide diapers to those in need who would otherwise be unable to fully meet their diaper needs. Diaper Banks are also committed to educating people that access to diapers is a right not a luxury and that lack of access to diapers can impact a wide range of health, social and economic indicators.
Diaper Banks operate on a number of different models. Some provide diapers only to babies, while others provide diapers to people spanning a wide a range of ages, including the elderly and handicapped. Some diaper banks provide diapers directly to families, while many others operate through a network of other agencies who distribute the diapers to the families they serve. There are more and more Diaper Banks established in America every day.
We recommend the The Huggies Diaper Bank Finder website to find a diaper bank in your area.
If you are interested in learning how to start a diaper bank please look at The Diaper Bank’s tips on starting a diaper bank.