Diaper Bank

DIAPER BANK

The Junior League of Daytona Beach Diaper Bank began in 2014 with the purpose of providing diapers to families in need, within our community. After extensive research, we realized the void in our area and with the help of our community partners, we set out to establish the only diaper bank in Volusia County. The JLDB diaper bank partners with local nonprofit agencies in the Daytona Beach area to provide a reliable source of diapers and wipes. They are distributed directly to families that are low income and in need. Diapers are expensive and not accessible through government assistance programs. Without diapers, babies cannot participate in early childhood education programs. Without child care, parents are unable to go to work. This increases the financial burden to low income families and they are often left without an adequate supply of diapers to keep their young children happy and healthy. The JLDB Diaper Bank has distributed more than 200,000 diapers within the last two years. Our diaper bank’s mission is to continue to provide a consistent supply of diapers and wipes within our community and to promote health and relief to families in need.

 

                                     

Diaper Need in America – #DiaperNeed

What Is Diaper Need?

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.

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Fast Facts

  • 2 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.
  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
  • Medicaid covers 47% of all births, on average, in the US, yet no government program provides diapers as a basic need for babies. No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
  • Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
  • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.
  • The Junior League of Daytona Beach has distributed more 117,000 diapers to local families in need within the past year

(images from National Diaper Bank Network)

Negative Consequences

  • Diaper need impacts the physical, mental & economic well-being of children & parents.
  • Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.
  • Most childcare facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
  • Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.
  • Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of child care centers.

(images from National Diaper Bank Network)

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The Junior League of Daytona Beach is a proud member of the National Diaper Bank Network.