When thinking of people in need, the mind usually moves to food, or clothing, or shelter.
But for many struggling families in Southwest Florida, there is another need: diapers.
According to Troy Moore, chief of External Affairs for the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three families struggle with affording diapers for their children.
“It’s a much more common problem than people are aware of, and it’s a hidden consequence of poverty,” Moore said. “There are no safety net programs at the federal or state level that provide diapers.”
A newborn baby will go through approximately 2,700 diapers in its first year, according to BabyCenter. Moore says this cost burden can be very difficult for the parents of approximately 150,000 babies in Florida living under the poverty line.
“Diapers can cost $70 to $80 a month, and that’s assuming that a parent has access to a big box store where they can buy in bulk much larger boxes of diapers, rather than going to a bodega or corner store where the price point is usually going to be much higher,” Moore said.
That’s where diaper banks come in to help bridge the gap. Moore said families who receive diapers from diaper banks usually get around 50 diapers per child, per month. One such bank in Southwest Florida is Baby Basics of Collier County.
The network created a partnership with Huggies and Babies’R’Us, where they’ll donate a day’s worth of diapers, up to 1.5 million in total, for each package of Huggies purchased through September.
Our work, and the work of the local diaper bank community is year-round,” Moore said. The ongoing need for donations of diapers and dollars and time is something that every community needs.”
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