Diaper Bank of NC is known for covering babies’ bottoms, but we also help meet other basic human needs. Recognizing that families who struggle to afford diapers may also have trouble accessing other personal care needs, we work with our partner agencies to distribute feminine hygiene, cloth diapers, and adult incontinence supplies. We also develop relevant family support programs, such as toilet training, and conduct research and evaluation of all DBNC programming.
Potty Training Classes
Families living in poverty often feel pressured into early potty training to reduce expenses. Thanks to a generous grant from the Duke Community Fund, Diaper Bank of NC provides free potty training classes with DBNC partner Welcome Baby. The classes focus on developmental readiness and offers lots of handy tips to make it a good experience for parent and child.
Helping Moms Helps Babies Program
Moms who struggle to afford diapers for their babies may also struggle to purchase the supplies they need to keep themselves healthy. Like diapers, pads & tampons are not eligible to purchase with food stamps or other federal assistance.
No girl should miss out on her education because she has her period. But without adequate hygiene supplies, this has been a reality right here in our community. Distributing Dignity is Diaper Bank of North Carolina’s partnership with Durham Public Schools to make tampons and pads available to every public school in Durham.
Adult Incontinence Supplies
For seniors on limited income, adult incontinence supplies can be a luxury item. Diaper Bank of NC distributes this basic need through our partner organizations.
While the vast majority of the diapers we distribute are disposable, we also have cloth diapers available to families who request them.
We work with an academic research team to evaluate all of our programs. The data they have collected and analyzed has allowed us to improve the way we serve our community partners and our families. Based on input from diaper recipients, we had added new programs and learned about the ways in which receiving diapers has benefited families in the community.
Working with an evaluation team has allowed us to learn more about the families we are serving. For example, we have learned that 75% of the families who receive diapers from the Diaper Bank of North Carolina are working families. The families we serve are working 1 and 2 jobs but are struggling to get by between paychecks. Better understanding the context of families’ lives allows us to serve them in ways that best meet their needs.
As a result of diaper need, families experience health, economic, and social disparities. Through our research we have documented the ways in which providing diapers addresses these disparities so that children, parents, and caregivers are healthier and happier and parents can attend work, school, and job training.
The evaluation findings from the Diaper Bank of North Carolina have implications for diaper banks across the country. We serve as a resource for other diaper banks seeing to document the outcomes of their own community efforts.