About Us


The Utah Diaper Bank was organized in 2013 by a few concerned individuals who upon the realization that no safety-net program covered diapers for those in need, saw a community need for an organized approach to collecting and distributing diapers.  The first awareness of this need surfaced in 2011 when a call went out from local television and radio stations to fill an urgent need at a crises nursery for diapers. 

Over the next two years donations to the shelters continued on a personal basis, but in 2012 the local television stations once again broadcast an urgent need for diapers.  It was from this second call for aid that the resolve was formed to “Do something about this ongoing problem”  

Initial research found that there was already a loosely organized group of diaper banks in thirty-two states. But Utah was not one of those states.  It was with this resolve and information that the decision was reached that Utah should, like the other thirty-two states, have its own organized diaper bank.

That resolve has grown with the help of a generous community from the first year’s distribution of almost 12,000 diapers to our 2017 distribution of over 200,000 diapers.

So, What's a Diaper Drive?


In communities throughout the country, civic groups, churches, businesses and concerned citizens organize diapers drives to collect diapers for donation to local diaper banks. Diaper drives are a great way to engage your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers in the fight against diaper need. They are also an important tool for educating your community about diaper need and helping give voice to this silent crisis.


Why Do We Need Diapers?

  

Safety-net programs such as the Food Stamp Program and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) do not cover the cost of diapers. An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month.

   

The vast majority of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers. Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons.

    

In poor and low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks.

    

Low-income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers at childcare centers. If parents cannot access daycare, then they are less able to attend work or school on a consistent basis. This in turn leads to increased economic instability and a continuation of the cycle of poverty.

   

Without transportation, buying diapers at an inner city convenience store rather than a large retailer can double or triple the monthly cost for diapers. Many parents are already struggling to pay for rent and food and simply cannot afford the high cost of an adequate supply of diapers for their children.

   

In communities throughout the country, civic groups, churches, businesses and concerned citizens organize diapers drives to collect diapers for donation to local diaper banks. Diaper drives are a great way to engage your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers in the fight against diaper need. They are also an important tool for educating your community about diaper need and helping give voice to this silent crisis.