What is a Diaper Bank?
Just as food banks are a dependable source of food, diaper banks supply a basic need for families in crisis. Diaper banks collect, store and donate diapers to a network of partner agencies who distribute free diapers to families facing financial hardship. Diaper banks rely on the generosity of the community for financial and diaper donations. Acting together, individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations, and elected officials can get diapers to all babies in need.
We believe "basic human needs" includes adequate supplies of diapers to ensure healthy babies .
To ensure that families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers; to raise community awareness that “basic human needs” include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty; and to advocate for policy reform so that diapers are included in the definition of and provision for the “basic human needs” of families.
(A Two-Generation Approach)
Diapers are an undeniable necessity, worn by babies and toddlers. They are a basic need that affects not only the child, but also the parents and should be considered when developing anti-poverty programs for families.
A two-gen approach focuses on creating opportunities for meeting the needs of vulnerable children and their parents. Two-generation approaches draw from findings that the well-being of parents is crucial to their children’s social-emotional, physical, and economic well-being. At the same time, a parent’s ability to succeed in school and the workplace is substantially affected by how well their children are doing. Existing policies and programs mostly fail to acknowledge this connection, limiting their effectiveness and the ability of families to move themselves from poverty to opportunity.
The critical issue about diapers and other basic needs is that they are fundamental essentials, the very foundation on which are built higher order needs like education, economic prosperity, and social fulfillment. As such, basic needs must be secured before children can fully benefit from services like early education and child development programs.
By providing diapers, a basic need, we are positively impacting the well-being of parents and the health of children, moving the whole family toward educational and economic security.
(Weir, A. (2016) Diapers as a Two-Gen Issue: Worn by Babies, Important for Families. ISSUE BRIEFS 2016. National Diaper Bank Network.)
The history of Diaper Banks began 1994 and is a working guide to the successful development, operation and expansion of diaper banks.
The National Diaper Bank Network founded in 2011 is a growing grassroots movement to end diaper need. The NDBN raises national awareness of diaper need and supports the expansion of diaper banks in communities across the country.
The Diaper Bank of Skagit County is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network which provides the vision, strategy and stability we need to serve more people each year. We have trust in our history and the NDBN. We value trust and chose to have the success of our organization to be measured by trust. Will the families we serve trust we are going to make the right connections to meet their needs? Will our donors trust we are going to make the impact we are aiming for: a change for better health? Will our volunteers trust their leaders to help them do their best and more? Does our organization have trusted leaders? We believe the answer to all these questions is yes. We are an organization built on integrity, quality and compassion--all important pieces of building trust.