Diapers banks are a relatively new resource for those who cannot afford to purchase needed absorbent products due to financial difficulties. Some diapers banks are focused on the needs of a newborn or small child, but many include adult incontinence products.
Diaper banks distribute their resources through local agencies such as nonprofit organizations like United Way, religious organizations (churches and synagogues), and school family resource centers. They are not distributed directly to individuals. Individuals who need assistance must contact local agencies who will get the needed supplies via their local diaper bank.
Many communities are responding to the great need to get absorbent incontinence products to those who are unable to afford them, and so the number of these banks is growing. If you are interested in starting one in your locale, many of the diaper banks give ideas on how to start a diaper drive in your community. The Diaper Bank of New Haven, CT, while at this time only serving the needs of infants and toddlers, has good advice for how to start a diaper bank. You may wish to contact other diaper banks in the US and ask them how you might expand your new diaper bank to include adult products.
There are many good ideas on the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona website for doing diaper drives in your community:
Many of the other diaper banks in the US also have information on diaper drives and how to conduct them/ You can see their ideas on their websites. See the listing below for links to the many websites.
If you have diapers or absorbent products that you will not be needing, please contact your nearest diaper banks to donate your products to them as part of their diaper drives.
The list below is of known diaper banks in the US as of March 1, 2010. We will continue to add to this list as we learn of new diaper banks. If you are aware of a bank not on our list, please forward the information to us in our Contact Us area.
Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona - Tuscon AZ
Family Diaper Bank Inc - Oracle, AZ
Valley of the Sun Diaper Bank - Phoenix, AZ
Baby Drive of Homeward Bound - Phoenix, AZ
Diaper Bank of Yuma - Yuma, AZ
North State Diaper Bank- Chico, CA
Southern California Diaper Bank - Dana Point, CA
East Bay Diaper Bank - Danville, CA
Bay Area Diaper Bank - Fremont, CA
Los Angeles Diaper Drive - Los Angeles, CA
New Haven Diaper Bank - New Haven, CT
Destiny Diaper Bank - Cape Coral, FL
(expanded in Feb. 2010 to include North Fort Myers area, also)
St Paul Episcopal Church-Diaper Bank Partnership - McHenry, IL
Diaper Bank of Southern Illinois - Carbonale, IL
Diaper Bank of Michiana - South Bend, IN
Happy Bottoms - Kansas City, KS
Autism Support Group of Genesee County - Grand Blanc, MI
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank - Detroit, MI
Child & Family Resources Diaper Bank - Mount Arlington, NJ
Baby Buggy - New York, NY
Infant Crisis Services - Oklahoma City, OK
Bend Community Center/Diaper Bank - Bend OR
The Diaper Spot - Washington, PA
South Carolina Diaper Change - Charleston, SC
Westside Baby Diaper Bank - Seatlle, WA
Page last modified 10 March 2010