Founded in 2004, The Diaper Bank centralizes the fundraising and distribution of free diapers to poor families in Connecticut through existing service providers, including local food pantries, soup kitchens, daycare centers, social service agencies and shelters. Recognizing that an inadequate supply of diapers puts families with young children at an increased risk for health and parenting complications, The Diaper Bank serves as a model for like-minded organizations across the country.
The Diaper Bank has to date distributed more than 20 million free diapers to poor and low-income families through its extensive Diaper Distribution Network (DDN) of more than 50 agencies in New Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Middlesex and Windham Counties. Modeled on successful regional food banks, TDB collects diapers and cash donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other sources for the bulk purchase and distribution of diapers, which are then distributed through the DDN. All of the families TDB serves are low income, meeting the criteria of “below 200% of the federal poverty level.”
The Diaper Bank is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is staffed by an Executive Director, Business Manager, Distribution Manager, and Development Coordinator. The Diaper Bank has approximately 40 regular volunteers who assist with diaper sorting, repacking and delivery.