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.
- 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.
- Children who do not have a sufficient supply of diapers cannot attend childcare and early education programs. A sufficient supply of disposable diapers is often required for children to attend these programs. 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.
2nd Annual Diaper Need Awareness Diaper Drive, Sep. 27-Oct. 31, 2021.
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, Sep. 27, 2021.
New, unopened packages of diapers, baby wipes and diaper cream can be dropped off at these locations through Oct. 31, 2021:
- Center for People in Need
3901 N. 27th Street, Door #1
- Coffee Roaster
5022 Old Cheney Road, #3
- AT Thomas
6420 O Street
- Country Sliced Ham/Cafe
6900 O Street, Suite 120
- Hyde Family Chiropractic, LLC
8215 Northwoods Drive, Suite 200
Every contribution of diapers, baby wipes or diaper cream will be distributed to local, low-income families through the JLL Diaper Bank and its member organizations.
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.
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.
With your help, we can keep Lincoln's smallest residents healthy and happy!