One million diapers.
Our Mission: To distribute over 1,000,000 diapers annually to local non-profits, providing more Arizona families with basic necessities that in turn can help them work towards success.
Many agencies help families in need by providing food, shelter, and clothing. The Diaper Bank of Central Arizona is the only diaper bank in the Phoenix area that is committed to collecting and distributing diapers to a wide range of non-profit organizations in the Valley. Even for a non-profit agency, sourcing diapers can be very costly and time consuming. By distributing diapers to non-profit organizations, our partner agencies can devote more of their time to helping a greater number of client cases, helping to get families back on their feet. Currently, we distribute hundreds of thousands of diapers each year to about thirty partner agencies. We know the demand for diapers from our current partners as well as other non-profits is far greater than what we have been able to provide. We want to do more.
Why what we do matters:
- There are 42,000 children ages 0-3 who live in poverty here in Maricopa County. (As of the last U.S. Census)
- Federal programs like SNAP (Food Stamps) and WIC do not cover diapers.
- Childcare providers require parents to have a supply of disposable diapers to accept a child for that day (even if the child qualifies for free or subsidized daycare or preschool). No diapers means no daycare which means no employment for parents.
- Some who wish to use cloth diapers do not have laundry faculties that allow for the washing of diapers, and most daycare facilities do not accept cloth diapers.
- 32% of low income families report re-using diapers in order to pay critical household expenses such as rent, utilities, and food which leads to health consequences for children.