Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)


Make poverty unfashionable!

During the week of February 24 - 28, 2020, wear the same little black dress (and your LBDI button) at work and around town to raise awareness for diaper needs in the Inland Empire. The Junior League of Riverside challenges you to help us provide awareness and diapers for families in need. Together, we can help alleviate poverty in the Inland Empire!

History of the Little Black Dress Initiative

In February 2014, the Junior League of London pioneered the Little Black Dress Initiative [LBDI] with the goal to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.” During that months London Fashion Week. Junior Leaguers wore the same black dress every day to work, parties, dinners, and events to raise funds and awareness of poverty in the city. The first campaign was successful and decided to take the initiative worldwide.

In 2017, the Junior League of Riverside (JLR) launched our own LBDI week to raise awareness of poverty and diaper need in the Inland Empire. During our week in February 2017, we hosted our first diaper drive and received over 16,000 diapers and raised approximately $300. We continue to build upon that success raising awareness for poverty and launching the Inland Empire’s first diaper bank.

Facts and Stats

  • The Little Black Dress Initiative is a week-long social media campaign to raise awareness about the effects of poverty and diaper need.
  • 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. It becomes a cycle, no diapers, no work, no work, no diapers. Let's work together to break the cycle.
  • 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

How You Can Help

Dress for Success

Wear your little black dress from Feburary 24-28, 2020 to start a conversation about the Inland Empire's need for a diaper bank.


The Junior League of Riverside is launching a diaper bank to meet this growing need in the Inland Empire. Our league goal is 15,000 diapers and $5,000. With your help and support we can raise awareness and give diapers to those in need.

Just $20 can purchase 40-50 diapers and help a family for a week! If you would like to donate to our diaper bank, please click here or bring diapers to the Junior League of Riverside's office.


Share this event on your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) using #diaperbank and #jlrlbdi so that your friends and family can learn about this important initiative. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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We are grateful for the support we receive from our members and the community. In order to support the mission of the Junior League of Riverside (JLR), as well as the goals of the organizations with which JLR collaborates, we accept donations through various campaigns, events, and our endowment fund.