Diapers are not a luxury item, they are a basic need low-income families are struggling with. This is a silent crisis with many parents and caregivers who often will find themselves trying to decide whether they should pay for rent, food or diapers. If you or someone you know is in need of diapers, please use our directory,”Free Diapers For Low-Income Families” below to find a diaper bank in your area.
It saddens me that you can purchase candy and soda with food stamps, but diapers are classified with items not allowed like cigarettes, alcohol, and pet food. With one in three families struggling already, trying to afford diapers, at a cost of $70-$80 a month is unimaginable. Many parents cannot attend school or work without childcare. Many childcare centers require that parents supply 4-8 disposable diapers daily.
Because of this I have decided to take action for my readers by collecting information to help those in need of diapers. Below I have listed dozens of emergency diaper resources. If you know of any not listed please free to comment with information and I will add it to our list.
The programs below will require varies form of identification such as:
- Children’s birth certificate
- Immunization record or hospital release forms
- Proof of income
- Proof of residents
- Statement from Social Security
- Proof of Unemployment
- Statement from DCFS SNAP or TANF programs
After searching the list below if you cannot find free diapers near you, please call 2-1-1 (www.211.org), a hotline available in every state to connect local residents with social service agencies, and assistance information.
National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN)
Are you in need of diapers? The National Diaper Bank may be able to help. To find out if there is assistance in your area, use the National Diaper Bank Network’s Find a Diaper Bank Page. If there isn’t a diaper or food bank in your direct area, please contact your community’s social service agencies (e.g., women’s shelter, food pantry, church, publicly funded daycare center or public health facility) directly and ask for support. The National Diaper Bank is focusing on the diaper need and meeting the basic needs of all children and families in America.
- Cloth Diapers
- Infant & Toddler Diapers
- Diapers for older children
- Adult Diapers
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Cloth for All offers families between 10-15 cloth diaper changes per child for up to 1 year, time extensions available. Diapers will be a variety of types, colors, & condition. Click here to apply. Look over the list to see what’s in your area. Once you find a place call that place directly to setup an appointment or to find out if they have walk ins.
Bundles Diaper Bank provides diapers to partner agencies that support families in need. If you are in need of emergency diapers and live in the area please click here for a list of the agencies that work with Bundles Diaper Bank to provide families in need with diapers and such.
The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona does not give diapers directly to families. However if you are in need of emergency diapers for your baby and live in Southern Arizona you can click here for a huge list of agencies that they work with to supply diapers to people in need. Look over the list to see what’s in your area. Once you find a place call that place directly to setup an appointment or to find out if they have walk ins.
Clear Charity (CA) – Located in Orange County, CA who currently provide FREE and subsidized (50% off of wholesale price) diapers to any low income families in local area. They also help those who do not qualify for low-income program but still need help. Full details at: http://www.CloseTheDiaperGap.org
The San Francisco Diaper Bank serves approximately 1200 eligible CalWORKs families with children under three years old, through a network of family resource centers located throughout the city. Eligible children may receive up to 6 packages of diapers each month. Click here for the list of Locations & Diaper Distribution Hours.
Swaddle Diapers does Not distribute diapers to individuals. The diapers they collect for families in need are given to local social service agencies in Chicago’s Southwest side and suburbs. Click here to find a location near you if you are in need of diapers from one of their partnering agencies. *The diapers provided to these partners are only available to eligible CalWORKs families.
Mile High Diaper Bank offers diapers for children and adult incontinence products for the elderly.These are given when they have them and to those who truly need them most. Click here to find more information and how to apply. Use the tabs at the top of the website to navigate.
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope offers cloth diapers to low income families. They run completely on donations and volunteers. They are NOT a diaper service. They lend the diapers to the parents/guardians and they are responsible to do the washing themselves. Click here to find out how to apply.
Blessed Bottoms does not give diapers directly to families. However if you are in need of emergency diapers for your baby and live in Florida you can click here and scroll down for a list of partner organizations that they work with to supply diapers to people in need. Each logo list has a link below it. Look over the list to see what’s in your area. Once you find a place call that place directly to setup an appointment or to find out if they have walk ins.
Here We Grow Foundation ( Pinellas County Dunedin, FL) Helps families in need of emergency diapers y appointment only. For more information on hours of operation, how to apply, and what to bring click here. Please ask ahead, because is their site does not mention if this is only for Dunedin Fl residents.
Destiny Diaper Bank (Southwest FL) helps low income students and working moms that are in need of disposable diapers. They are not always able to help everyone so they have criteria that must be met for assistance. Click here to find out how to apply.
Share Baby does not give diapers directly to families. However if you are in need of emergency diapers for your baby and live in Baltimore area please click here for a list of the Recipient Organizations that work with Share Baby to provide families in need with diapers. Look over the list to see what’s in your area. Once you find a place call that place directly to setup an appointment or to find out if they have walk ins.
babies, seniors and people with disabilities in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee and Ionia Counties. Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank does NOT distribute diapers directly to families and individuals. They provide diapers to their partner agencies. If you need diapers please click here to find a partner agency.
The DC Diaper Bank does not give diapers directly to families. What they do is provide diapers to social service organizations that are already helping families in need through other programs and services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Click here for a list of Partner Distribution Organizations that they work with to supply diapers to people in need.
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