Agency Overview

We do not live in a 3rd World country and yet, here in the Ozarks we hear way too many accounts of babies bought into the doctor’s office in a soiled and sopping wet diaper.  Nurses are providing a clean diaper but know that this may be the only diaper change for these babies today.  This little known concern is called “Diaper Need” and it spreads throughout our nation.  We are all too aware that families struggle to put enough food on the table.  For these families diapers for their babies have become a luxury rather than a necessity.  1 in 3 families have trouble providing an adequate supply of diapers for their babies.

How did this happen?  The average cost of disposable diapers for one baby is $60-80 a month (almost $1,000 a year).  None of the government assistance programs (SNAP and WIC) assist with the purchase of diapers.  They are a clothing item and not food.  Many of these families do not have good transportation and they often run to the corner convenience store for a small package of diapers.  Even if transportation is available, coming up with $25-40 dollars for the economy pack is not an option.  That small package of diapers is twice the cost at the corner store and the small number of diapers, even when stretched to the limit, will only last a few days.

The result…..babies are left in dirty, wet diapers for way too long.  Mothers often rinse out and reuse soiled and wet diapers resulting in skin rashes, infections, discomfort, crying and poor sleep.   For the parents the results are feelings of inadequacy, depression, stress and situations of abuse and neglect can occur.  For a parent to be able to work many of the daycare providers require a daily or weekly supply of diapers.

Diaper Bank of the Ozarks is established to keep our babies healthy and happy by providing access to diapers for families in need in our community and through education concerning alternative diapering options that promote health and financial responsibility.