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The mission of the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks is to provide diapers to families in need.  Over the past 5 years more than 2 million diapers have been distributed through Partner Agencies to families in need.  During 2017 an increased emphasis has been placed on programs providing a "hand up", providing families, who are choosing to work rather than rely solely on government assistance, with the necessities they are unable to afford on an income provided by low paying jobs.  Without programs such as Diaper for Daycare, it is only too easy for families to slip back into a life of dependence rather than moving forward towards financial independence.

For every $1 donation, we will provide a one-day supply of diapers for a child enrolled in our Diapers for Daycares program.

  • The Diapers for Daycare program will provide diapers to participating non-profit Daycare Providers for each baby enrolled in this program.  
  • 1 in 3 families with young children experience “diaper need” or the inability to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their child. 
  • The average cost for diapers is $80 a month and for a family already struggling to buy groceries and pay the rent, diapers have become a luxury rather than a necessity. 
  •  Government programs do not assist with the purchase of diapers, they are a clothing item and not food. 
  •  The Diapers for Daycare program addresses this problem for so many of our “working poor” families.

We are asking for your assistance to expand this program and offer hope to more of the families in our community who are experiencing the “cliff effect” (a sudden loss of financial assistance through government programs that happens when income through employment is received).  Over 34,000 diapers were distributed through this program in 2017.  Reports indicate that most of the at-risk families enrolled in the program, received assistance for the 6-month period that any one family can enroll in the program each year, staying in the workplace.  The goal of $12,000 that we have for this project to continue through 2018, will purchase 160,000 diapers using our wholesale accounts.  We currently have non-profit Daycare Providers on our waiting list and would like to be able to enroll them and other providers     

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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.

 

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