Diaper Bank of the Ozarks is established to keep our babies healthy and happy by providing access to diapers for families in need and through education concerning alternative diapering options that promote health and financial responsibility.
Consequences of Diaper Need
48% of families report delay in changing diapers. 32% of families report reusing diapers. ("In Short Supply", a study commissioned by Feeding America, 2013).
Many childcare centers require a supply of diapers daily and without daycare a parent cannot work.
Babies who spend a day or longer in one diaper risk potential health problems such as skin rashes and urinary tract infections.
Diaper Need is even more distressing to moms than not having enough food for the family. (Huggies Every Little Bottom Study)
Mothers report feelings of guilt and depression.
Babies who do not have enough diaper changes become irritable and cry more.
An increased risk for child abuse results.
DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARK
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks has touched the lives of over 14,600 babies over the past two years, distributing more than 350,000 disposable diapers and 100 cloth diaper starter kits. Between 16-20,000 diapers are donated to 30 local partner agencies who then distribute to families in need. There is currently a waiting list to partner with the Bank. The requests for help with diapers come in daily....single moms or dads, grandparents raising grandchildren while on a fixed income, the unemployed, underemployed, teen moms and so many more.
Many calls come from locations where there are no diaper pantries offering help. For this reason the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks is available to offer education and assistance to groups, agencies and individuals interested in opening a diaper bank/pantry in thier community. Please contact us for more information.