It was thrilling to be together with 36 diaper banker from 24 different diaper banks all dedicated to ensuring that babies and their families have the diapers
they need. People came to the first ever Diaper Banks in America Conference from 18 states across the country and from programs of all shapes and sizes, from the largest diaper
bank in the country and the oldest diaper bank in the country, to small diaper
pantries and programs just beginning to collect and distribute diapers.
We may have gotten into this work for
different reasons, but we are all united in our desire to help families secure
the basic necessities to help their children thrive. Diaper bankers shared their ideas, stories,
and enthusiasm for their mission. As one
diaper banker moved to tears said, “It is so wonderful to know that mine is not
the only diaper bank out there—that there is a team, a network of people
working to make sure babies get the diapers they need.”
We hope that not only will diaper
bankers know they are not alone, but also the rest of the country will learn
about the work diaper banks do and the pressing need for diapers in families
struggling to make ends meet. Our
current government safety net programs provide no direct support to buy diapers.
Sometimes, people try to make
the money go farther by reusing their diapers or leaving each diaper on for
long periods even if the child had already soiled or wet the diaper hours
before. Other times, families might find
themselves choosing between food and diapers, heat and diapers, or any number
of other expenses and diapers.
We believe that no one should have to make that choice A diaper is a small thing, but if it helps
create a little room for joy in a working parent's life, it is a very great
Please support National Diaper Bank Network as we work to increase focus on diaper need and build more diaper banks across the county.