Beginnings

Message from the CEO

At the time I decided to begin work on Indiana Diaper Bank, I had two kids under two years old. Both were wearing diapers. I was fortunate to have the family support and the financial resources needed to provide for my children’s needs. However, even in our house diapers were a constant line item on our shopping list. It was a non-renewable resource that we couldn’t go without!

We spent at least $50 each shopping trip on diapering essentials. I couldn’t help but think of families living in poverty and wonder how they are able to get by with limited resources. I knew for a family living paycheck to paycheck, the cost of diapering their child(ren) had to be a financial burden.

I started talking to community leaders —asking them what families needed the most. Diapers kept coming up. I heard stories about parents struggling, using one diaper a day, or trying to clean and reuse disposable diapers. I learned that public assistance programs such as Medicare, WIC and food stamps don’t cover diapers.

Here I was, a mother with kids in diapers, realizing the harsh reality of diaper need. Not having access to clean diapers has links to maternal depression, health concerns for baby and can impact a child’s access to early learning.

I decided it was essential that something be done for families.

Indiana Diaper Bank was formed in October 2017 to address diaper need and to raise awareness about the diaper gap at a state level.

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Harsh Reality

The facts are startling: 1 in 3 families report not having a sufficient supply of diapers to keep their children clean, healthy and dry. The most vulnerable of our neighbors are impacted— infants and children. To make matters worse, government programs such as SNAP and WIC cannot be used towards the purchase of diapers. Indiana has been named a diaper desert and Indiana Diaper Bank is the only coordinating diaper bank to address diaper need in our community.

Positive Change

Indiana Diaper Bank has the opportunity to make a health, social and economic impact. Providing families in need with free diapers influences a range of positive outcomes for these families, such as positive changes in parental mood (reducing risk of childhood abuse); improved child health and happiness (nurturing their ability to learn); and increased opportunities for childcare, work stability, and school attendance.

Social Impact

Everyday thousands of parents across the Hoosier state must ask themselves the question: "food, medicine or diapers?"

Indiana Diaper Bank believes that no one should have to make that choice, and with your help, we’re making sure fewer families do.

Community Services

We know that diapers are only the beginning of what our struggling families need – they need comprehensive social services that address a range of issues from food and diapers to medical and mental health.

We partner with organizations across the city that offer whole family care to distribute our diapers and other needed resources.
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Diaper Drive

PrincetonOne Cares

Nearly 60 PrincetonOne associates from the Indianapolis RPO division volunteered on New Year’s Eve to help the Indiana Diaper Bank sort more than 10,000 diaper donations. The diapers were distributed to 8 state agencies to help more than 500 Hoosier children in need.