Mission & History

Diaper Bank Beginnings

The Diaper Bank (TDB) was founded in June 2004 as The New Haven Diaper Bank in response to the lack of public assistance for purchasing diapers for poor and low-income families.
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Basic Need for the Poor: Diapers

People at the poverty level cannot keep up with basic needs — toilet paper, toothbrushes, feminine supplies and diapers. It took me two years to realize that there is no subsidy for these things anywhere. Joanne Goldblum, Founder Read more

Breaking Ground & Expansion

Ms. Goldblum dragooned what she describes as “an incredible, hands-on board,” incorporated the diaper bank as a nonprofit in April of 2004, and by August, she and board members were piloting minivans to B.J.’s for bulk purchases and distributing the diapers from the Goldblum living room. N.Y. Times New Haven Diaper Bank expanded and relocated to its first warehouse on Gilbert Street, West Haven, and hired a Program Manager as its first paid staff member. The Kennedy Center became the first partner agency to provide diaper distribution volunteer services to the New Haven Diaper Bank.
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Diaper Need Awareness & Funding

Diapers were added for the first time as a line item to Connecticut’s state budget; the first time in any state. The Diaper Bank received state funding through the Department of Children & Families (DCF) and expanded the diaper program beyond New Haven to Bridgeport and Hartford (add information on how many children and agencies were being served).
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Change from the Bottom Up

The New Haven Diaper Bank changed its name to The Diaper Bank (TDB). The logo was modified and the tagline “Change from the bottom up” was added, and the first 2 million diapers were distributed.
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The Diaper Bank’s mission is threefold in scope:

  1. To ensure that families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers;
  2. To raise community awareness that “basic human needs” include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty;
  3. To advocate for policy reform so that diapers are included in the definition of and provision for the “basic human needs” of families.

History of The Diaper Bank

The Diaper Bank (TDB) was founded in June 2004 as The New Haven Diaper Bank in response to the lack of public assistance for purchasing diapers for poor and low-income families. Recognizing that an inadequate supply of diapers puts families with young children at an increased risk for health and parenting complications, The New Haven Diaper Bank (NHDB) began distributing diapers to poor and low-income families in New Haven through approved social service agencies.

Responding to the lack of other avenues for assistance, and recognizing the subsequent economic, psycho-social and physical stressors placed on economically vulnerable women and families at critical times, The Diaper Bank (TDB) held its first diaper distribution in July 2004 at the home of founder Joanne Goldblum. That first distribution provided fewer than 5,000 diapers to 5 flagship agencies. Since 2004, The Diaper Bank has distributed more than 20,000,000 free diapers to families through our nationally recognized Diaper Distribution Network (DDN), which are approved local partnership agencies.

Key Achievements

  1. The Diaper Bank has distributed 20 million diapers since its inception in 2004
  2. Successfully advocated for the first line item for diapers in a state budget
  3. Advocated and implemented TANF ARRA Stimulus funding to provide an emergency supply of diapers to all CT TANF eligible families with children in diapers (over 2 million diapers in 6 weeks)
  4. Served as a model for diaper banks nationwide.
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