Did you know that individuals cannot purchase diapers on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly food stamps) or with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program? It’s true. Now, imagine, already being on SNAP and stretching your income as far as it can go, that extra expense of diapers for your child. Diapers are not cheap. You go through quite a few in a day. It adds up in a big way.
According to the National Center on Children in Poverty, three million American children under three years of age live in poverty, most of whom wear diapers. At a rate of six diapers per day, diaper-wearing children in poverty in the U.S. need over 6.7 billion diapers a year to stay dry and healthy.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have joined with National Diaper Bank Network’s (NDBN) Affiliate Partnership Program, designed to create a robust national network of diaper banks that can distribute diapers to families in need through their partners.
Recently, we received our first delivery of diapers from the program - over 163,000 diapers – which will be distributed to families through our network of more than 600 partner agencies throughout 29 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
“Diapers are one of the most basic needs that the working poor struggle to provide their families,” said Bill Bolling, executive director. “As the number of Georgians living in poverty continues to rise, it’s only natural that we join this national initiative to provide a basic necessity for those in need with the help of our network of partner agencies. We look forward to working with The National Diaper Bank Network and founding sponsor Huggies® to help our community with this need.”
Not only are we now part of the NDBN, we continue to ask that if you consider hosting your own food drive, consider diapers and even toiletries as donation items. Every little bit helps.