Monday, September 27 - Sunday, October 3, 2021
Just as more families in Lincoln are struggling with hunger because of the pandemic, more families with young children are struggling with diaper need. Diaper need is the condition of not having a sufficient supply of clean diapers to keep babies and toddlers clean, dry and healthy. Join the National Diaper Bank Network, and diaper banks like us, in calling attention to this issue during National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 27 through October 3, 2021.
- National surveys and research studies have reported that 1 in 3 families with children aged three and younger struggle with diaper need, and 48 percent reported delaying changing a diaper to extend their diaper supply.
- Diapers cost, on average, $80 per child each month -- this can be an insurmountable portion of a low-income family's budget.
- Diapers cannot be purchased with SNAP or WIC. Other federal assistance programs that allow parents to purchase diapers with their subsidy fall far short in providing enough assistance for families to cover basic needs, like housing and utilities, and purchase diapers.
- A daily or weekly supply of disposable diapers is generally required for babies and toddlers to participate in childcare and early education programs. Children who do not have a sufficient supply of diapers cannot attend. Families who receive childcare subsidies may lose that subsidy if their child is absent too often, regardless of the reason. And parents who cannot provide a sufficient supply of diapers may be kept from attending school or work to care for their child. Because of diaper need, capable, hardworking parents could be kept out of the workforce for years -- and that's not something our community can afford right now.
- Lacking a sufficient supply of clean diapers puts children at greater risk for urinary tract infections, diaper dermatitis, and many more trips to the doctor's office or hospital emergency department. It also negatively impacts the mental health of mothers, which in turn leads to potential negative impacts on a child's health and development.
Be a social media advocate!
Engage in real talk about diaper need with #EndDiaperNeed and #BasicsArentBasic. Share facts and statistics about diaper need with your family and friends, and tell them how you're calling attention to the issue of diaper need during National Diaper Need Awareness Week.
Start a fundraiser on your profile to benefit the Center's Junior League of Lincoln Diaper Bank or the Life House, Nebraska's only National Diaper Bank Network members.
Host or support a diaper drive.
Support the Junior League of Lincoln Diaper Bank, Lincoln's first and only diaper bank (not diaper pantry), and the JLL's month-long diaper drive beginning Monday, September 27th.
Hosting your own diaper drive is also a great way to help alleviate diaper need in Lincoln. Get the National Diaper Bank Network diaper drive toolkit here. Please remember, this was created before the pandemic and adjust your plans, as needed, to stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If you aren't up for hosting your own diaper drive, consider making a diaper donation directly to the Center's JLL Diaper Bank. Have an online retailer deliver your diaper order directly to us. Simply address your donation to:
JLL Diaper Bank
c/o Center for People in Need
3901 N. 27th St. #1
Lincoln NE 68521
Or drop off your diaper donation at our facility any time Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The best way to support Lincoln's only diaper bank is to send a monetary donation. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, the Center receives deep discounts on bulk diaper orders, which means your donated dollar will go further than it would if you directly bought and donated diapers.
With your help, we can keep Lincoln's smallest residents healthy and happy!