St. Louis Area Diaper Bank's National Diaper Need Awareness Week
St. Louis Area Diaper Bank will observe National Diaper Need Awareness Week – a signature initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network – from Sept. 24 through Oct. 2. St. Louis Area Diaper Bank is a member of NDBN, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America.
The week provides individuals, organizations, communities, and elected officials the opportunity to engage in real talk and simple actions while drawing national attention to the issue of diaper need. To highlight the celebration, the Diaper Bank will hold its sixth annual Fill the Warehouse fundraising drive to collect 150,000 diapers during the month of September. Last year the Diaper Bank collected 129,000 diapers.
Fill the Warehouse participation opportunities include hosting a physical diaper drive and bringing donations to the Diaper Bank located at 6141 Etzel Ave. on Sat., Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Diaper Bank will also collect monetary donations so that, for every $1 donated, the organization can directly purchase eight diapers for children in need.
Activities during the week include Mission & Muffins on Mon., Sept. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m.; Talk About It Tuesday, a Facebook Live conversation on Tues., Sept. 27 at noon with Diaper Bank staff; and Wrap-It Wednesday, where volunteers will package and wrap diapers on Wed., Sept. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. All events take place at the nonprofit’s headquarters.
Founded in 2014, the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank collects, stores, and distributes 250,000 free diapers per month to struggling families through a network of 56 community, nonprofit, educational and health care partners serving low-income women and children. These diapers are obtained via local diaper drives, in-kind donations, and by purchasing diapers directly with donated funds.
To date more than 5.1 million diapers have been distributed in St. Louis including nearly 900,000 diapers during the height of the pandemic. The Diaper Bank offers both emergency and long-term diaper distribution. This service is a much-needed resource since government programs – including food stamps and WIC – do not provide funding for diapers. Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps and are classified with cigarettes, alcohol, and pet food as disallowed purchases.
“National Diaper Need Awareness Week was created to spread the word about our country’s diaper need,” said St. Louis Area Diaper Bank Executive Director Muriel Smith. “It costs an average of $100 each month to diaper a single baby, and one in three U.S. families struggle with this expense.” Smith added that her organization “diligently works throughout the year to ensure families have access to clean diapers and other necessities because it is crucial in helping children thrive.”
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank provides diaper access to the region’s low-income families, as well as raises community awareness about the causes and consequences of diaper need. For information about hosting a diaper drive during National Diaper Need Awareness Week, call (314) 624-0888 or visit www.stldiaperbank.org.