- Choosing between feeding and diapering your child.
- Reusing the same diaper all day on your child.
- Missing work because you have no diapers for the daycare.
One in Three...
Diapers are a basic need for babies and toddlers. They are just as essential to their health and well-being as food and shelter. Yet, 1 in 3 families struggles to afford diapers to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. No one should have to worry about affording diapers for their children but many Inland Empire families do.
how we help...
The Junior League of Riverside is addressing this need in the Inland Empire through our Diaper Bank. . Our membership is dedicated to raising awareness and alleviating diaper insecurity in our community. We provide families with diapers and wipes through direct distribution and community partners.
Our Diaper Bank received over 2000 inquiries for diapers due to the COVID-19 crisis.Our goal is to assist each family that has inquired but WE NEED YOUR HELP. Your donation large or small will help us keep our diaper shelves stocked and allow us to provide diapers and wipes for families during this unprecedented time.
Donate Funds: Our membership in the National Diaper Bank Network allows us to purchase diapers and wipes at a substantial discount. $50 donation allows us to purchase 300 diapers, more than double the amount if purchased from a warehouse or discount store.
Host a Diaper Drive: Co-ordinate a diaper donation drive at your work, church, social group or neighborhood. It is easy as one two three.
- Set a goal and let your group know.
- Collect the diapers.
- Call us to arrange to pick up or drop off.
We are only able to accept disposable diapers for babies and toddlers. While cloth diapers are technically legal in daycares across California, a large majority of daycares prohibit them. And, even if a daycare does allow them, cloth diapers cannot be washed in any public washing machines (including those provided by housing complexes). Therefore, disposable diapers is the only option
Create Awareness: Diaper Need is not an issue that is talked about or well-known but it is one of the facets of poverty. SPREAD AWARENESS OF #diaperNEEDConnect and share via your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) using #diaperneed and #JLRiverside so that your friends and family can learn about this important resource. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates about our diaper bank and upcoming drives and distributions.
Facts and Stats
- The largest percentage of families seeking assistance have a dual income.
- Most childcare facilities require parents to provide diapers for their child.
- While lower income families may qualify for subsidized day care, without sufficient diapers children cannot attend. Government programs do not cover the cost of diapers as a basic need for infants and toddlers.
- A month’s supply of diapers for one child costs approximately $80. Babies need 6-10 diapers per day.
- 17% of California children under the age of 3 live in families earning below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
- 1 in 3 Families express Diaper Need in the U.S.
- 5.2 Million Children under 3 live at, or below, poverty in the U.S.
- State and Federal Child Safety Programs do not cover diapers.
- The National Diaper Bank Network has 22 diaper banks in California. None are located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Source: The National Diaper Bank Network