What is a Diaper Bank • Period Bank • Hygiene Bank? A diaper • period • hygiene bank functions like a food bank, but provides diapers, wipes, and other hygiene supplies to under-resourced families and those in need, which includes relief supplies for those affected by natural disasters.
What is Diaper Need / Period Poverty? Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, healthy, happy, safe, and dry. Period Poverty affects people of all ages including youth and caretakers of children who do not have access or cannot afford personal, basic hygiene essentials.
How important is this? 1 in 3 families struggle to purchase diapers in the United States. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this percentage rises daily. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a 35% increase in requests for period supplies on a national level.
How much do diapers and period supplies cost each month? Diapers and supplies can cost more than $100 per month, per child, especially when purchased in smaller bundles and the supply is scarce. Monthly period supplies and medication costs approximately $15-$20. In Georgia, all of these products are subject to the “LUXURY TAX” and not considered essential items.
Can families buy diapers and period supplies through WIC or with Food Stamps? No. Safety-net programs such as WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) and Food Stamps awarded through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) do not cover the cost for diapers or period products. Also, they are taxed items in the state of Georgia.
What is the impact of a lack of diapers for a child? Sadly, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health issues such as staph and urinary tract infections and diaper dermatitis, or severe diaper rash. The inability to provide enough clean diapers for children can also lead to other issues detrimental to a family’s physical, mental, emotional, and educational well-being.
Do daycare centers provide diapers? Most do not. Many licensed daycare centers require that caregivers provide a steady supply of disposable diapers. Therefore, without a constant supply of diapers, low-income families cannot take advantage of free or subsidized child care.
Do you distribute diapers to individual families? We supply items through partner provider agencies who work directly with families in need.
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