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 opened in Springfield in the summer of 2012. During the first year agencies partnered with the Bank and distributed around 10,000 diapers monthly. Over the past few months the need has increased greatly and 20 agencies partner with the Bank and 5 more are on the waiting list. The monthly average has increased to 13,000.