Diapers banks are a relatively new resource for those who cannot afford to purchase needed absorbent products due to financial difficulties. Some banks are focused on the needs of a newborn or small child, but many also 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 the appropriate local agency who will obtain the needed supplies for the person in need.
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 banks give ideas on how to start an absorbent products 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 bank. You may wish to contact other absorbent products banks in the US and ask them how you might expand your bank to include adult products.
There are many good ideas on the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona website for doing absorbent product drives in your community:
Many of the other banks in the US also have information on product 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 absorbent products that you will not be needing, please contact your nearest bank or donation center to donate your new and much needed products.
The list below is of known adult absorbent products distribution points (or diaper banks) in the US as of August 6, 2012. We have tried to not include organizations that only provide infant diapers. However, services change and some may only serve infants, and others may add adult products as the need grows. We will continue to add or update information to this list as we learn of new banks or as services change. If you are aware of a bank not on our list, please forward the information to us in our Contact Us area.
Service Center of Catholic Social Services - Mobile, AL
Arkansas Diaper Depot (a program of Arkansas Rice Depot) - Little Rock, AK
Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona - Tuscon AZ
Family Diaper Bank Inc - Oracle, AZ
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance - also distributes absorbent products - 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
Los Angeles Diaper Drive - Los Angeles, CA
Discreet Undergarment Bank for You - Bozrah, CT
(860-383-2290 ext 4)
Diaper Bank of Connecticutt - New Haven, CT
Destiny Diaper Bank - Cape Coral, FL
(expanded in Feb. 2010 to include North Fort Myers area, also)
Helping Hands Food Co Op - Miami Beach, FL
Atlanta Community Food Bank - Atlanta, GA
The Diaper Bank of Greater Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Their mission is to provide diapers and adult disposable undergarments to social service agencies and non-profit organizations that help families in need.
Diaper Bank Partnership of Lake County, IL
Any Lake County Illinois resident has access to the diaper bank by contacting any local social service agency to get help.
St Paul Diaper Bank Partnership - McHenry, IL
Diaper Bank of Southern Illinois - Carbonale, IL
Fremont Township - Mundelein, IL
Call 847-223-2847 if you live in the township and need assistance
Diaper Bank of Northern Indiana - South Bend, IN
Autism Support Group of Genesee County - Grand Blanc, MI
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank - Detroit, MI
Midland Community Diaper Bank - Midland, MI
Families Helping Each Other - St. Paul, MN
The Diaper Drive - Spring Lake Park, MN
Piedmont Diaper Bank - Piedmont, NC
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina - Raleigh, NC
Adult Care Brief Bank (Center for Food Action), Bergen County, NJ
Hunterdon Diaper Bank - Hunterdon County, NJ
Child & Family Resources Diaper Bank - Mount Arlington, NJ
Mid-Ohio Foodbank - Grove City, OH
Together We Make a Difference - Napoleon OH
Bend Community Center/Diaper Bank - Bend OR
PDX Diaper Bank- Portland OR
Mitzvah Circle Foundation - Blue Bell, PA
The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank - Richboro, PA
Tricities Diaper Ministry - Bristol, VA
The Other Bank - Olympia WA
If you are in need of baby diapers or diaper products for toddlers and older children, use the listing available on the National Diaper Bank Network.
Page last modified 11 November 2013