DIAPER BANK (coming fall 2018)

In early 2018 JLCV partnered with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf to run a diaper drive - a test run of a bigger vision to start Vermont's First Diaper Bank. We successfully gathered over 18,000 diapers, all of which were distributed almost immediately - #diaperneed is clearly great in this area.

We have secured a permanent home and are now building out the space and laying the groundwork to start distributing diapers in the Fall of 2018 - please stay tuned here for updates. Thank you for your interest!

Why diapers matter - Without diapers, infants & toddlers cannot attend childcare or participate in early childhood education. Without childcare, parents cannot go to work or school, or further their education and provide for their families. Educated parents and stable families are critical to solving the larger, systemic problems facing Vermont. Upon hearing that 8-10 people per day were requesting diapers at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, the Junior League of the Champlain Valley organized a drive to provide diapers for families in need. 

The JLCV is accepting donations of unused disposable diapers in any type, size, or brand and unopened wipes and diaper creams. A donation drop-off  bin is located at Healthy Living in South Burlington. Diapers will initially be distributed through our community partner, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Please note that we cannot accept cloth diapers. Many of those in need use public laundry facilities, which do not permit washing cloth diapers for hygiene reasons. Accordingly, this is a disposable diaper collection only.

Click here to see our Amazon Wish List & purchase diapers to ship directly to JLCV.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

DIAPER A CHILD FOR 1 WEEK

$10

This will buy 56 diapers, which will last ~ 7 days. 

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 2 WEEKS

$20

This will buy 112 diapers, which will last ~ 2 weeks. 

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 1 MONTH

$40

This will buy 240 diapers, which will last ~ 1 month

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 6 MONTHS

$240

This will buy approximately 1,440 diapers, which will last ~ 6 months.

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 1 YEAR

$480

This will buy approximately 2,880 diapers, which will last ~ 1 year.

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Click here to see our Amazon Wish List & purchase diapers to ship directly to JLCV.

#DIAPERNEED FACTS

  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, and toddlers need about eight.
  • Disposable diapers can cost up to $100 per month per baby.
  • 42% of all births in Vermont are covered by Medicaid, yet despite being a basic hygiene need, diapers are not covered by state and national safety net programs.
  • 13% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly “food stamps”) recipients in Vermont are under the age of 5.  
  • 19.4% of Vermont WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) recipients are infants.
  • Almost 30% of low-income women with children in diapers can’t afford an adequate supply of them, forcing many families to make one or two diapers last the whole day.
  • Lack of diapers has a profound and complex impact on families, including health risks like rashes and urinary tract infections for children and mental problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression for parents and children.
  • Low income families are also likely to not have private laundry facilities meaning cloth diapering is not an option for them.



Junior League of Champlain Valley, PO Box 4418, Burlington, VT 05406 Email JLCV


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