We are Kansas City's Diaper Bank.
Our mission is to collaborate with community partners to empower, connect and impact low income families by alleviating diaper need in the Kansas City community.
Our vision is to positively impact the mental, physical and financial stability of a family in crisis and need through diaper assistance, education and connection to services.
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Safety-net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (women infants children) do not cover diapers. This is a huge expense for low-income families costing an estimated $80-100 per month. 1 in 3 American families struggle to provide enough diapers to keep their babies happy, healthy and dry.
Without an adequate supply of diapers, babies spend extended periods of time in the same soiled diaper. This poses health risks to the baby, including diaper rash and potentially serious infections or even hepatitis. And being wet or dirty makes for an unhappy, crying baby, which causes family tension.
A 2013 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that moms who experience diaper need are twice as likely to suffer from depression and stress, because they struggle to meet their baby's needs. The study found this stress ranks even higher than food insecurity.