SC Diaper Bank
The SC Diaper Bank (SCDB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that provides diapers to families need for diapers. The goal of the SC Diaper Bank is to assist parents in raising healthy children during times of need through early intervention, education, and material support.
We will raise our community’s awareness of the “diaper need,” host diaper and clothing drives, buy diapers and ointment at a highly discounted rate, provide volunteer support for sorting, packing, and distributing diapers, and storage of diapers.
Why create a baby pantry?
Poverty in Single Mothers
Poverty is on the rise in single-mother families. More women are falling into the lowest-income group.
In the U.S., Single-mother families in poverty increased for the fourth straight year to 4.1 million, or 41.5 percent, coinciding with longer-term trends of declining marriage and out-of-wedlock births. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 72% (196,615) of children in poor families live with a single parent in South Carolina.
Assistance does not come in the form of diapers
Existing safety-net programs such as WIC and food stamps do not cover diapers. With the cost of diapers averaging $100 per month per child, many families struggle to afford the diapers their children need to stay healthy and comfortable.
The impact is significant:Babies suffer without clean, dry diapers
In low-income households and households that are experiencing hardships, babies and toddlers often spend the entire day or longer in the same diaper. They sometimes must wear diapers that have been cleaned out and put back on. As a result, they are more likely to experience signs of irritation and discomfort, cry more and increase the risk of numerous health problems including severe diaper rash, staph and skin infections, and may be linked to an increased rate of hepatitis.
Discomfort caused by inadequate diaper changing increases distress and crying. Studies show that a baby crying for a prolonged period may be at greater risk of physical abuse by caregivers.
How can supplying diapers increase employment rates and job sustainability?
Moms struggling against diaper need are more likely to miss work or school, stay home when they need to go out, or keep their babies out of daycare — which usually requires a full day's supply of disposable diapers. Without enough diapers for routine changes, moms feel distressed and find parenting even more difficult.
Cloth is not an option
Cheaper cloth diapers are typically not an option for the poor who often lack working washers and dryers. Coin laundries often ban diapers in their machines for sanitary reasons. Child care centers are another obstacle. Day care centers often ban cloth diapers for sanitary and logistical reasons.
Imagine everything it takes to be a mom.
Now imagine it without diapers.
Started by Moms that understood there was no magic “Easy” button for raising a child. For those who lack support or experiencing a financial hardship; taking care of the baby you love can be hard. We created the SC Diaper Bank to close the gap and provide items that are necessities in raising a healthy and happy baby.