TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Diaper Bank Junior League plans to collect 20,000 and thousands more diapers for National Diaper Need Awareness Week, which takes place September 21-27.
The Tampa Diaper Bank Junior League addresses the need for diapers in Hillsborough County by providing diapers to programs in the Tampa Bay Community. Diaper need is the lack of sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy.
The diaper bank collects child and adult size diapers from individuals and purchases diapers in bulk for delivery to partners.
Diapers cannot be obtained with grocery stamps, according to Caroline Foss of the Tampa Diaper Bank Junior League. Disposable diapers cost $ 70 to $ 80 per month per baby and have to send a child to daycare.
“It may seem like a small thing, but when you have to decide what products to give your family or to get food or gas for your car, these are really serious choices,” said Foss.
Diaper needs facts
- In the United States, 5.2 million children aged three years or younger live in poor or low-income families.
- 1 in 3 American families say they have diaper needs.
- No state or federal child safety net program allocates dollars specifically to purchase diapers.
- Without transportation, buying diapers in a supermarket instead of a large “big box” store can add significant monthly diaper costs.
- Small children need up to 12 diapers per day, small children around 8.
The Tampa Diaper Bank Junior League distributes diapers through community organizations. However, the JLT does not distribute diapers directly to individuals or families.
If you are someone in need of diapers, please contact Champions for Children at 813-673-4646.