Donate to Vermont’s Diaper Drive
For the fourth consecutive year, Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 28 to October 4, will draw attention to the issue of diaper need. Many people are unaware that government assistance programs such as food stamps and WIC do not provide funding for diapers, a basic necessity for babies. “Millions of families struggle every day to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their children, and that is unacceptable,” said Joanne Goldblum, founder and executive director of the National Diaper Bank Network. Diaper banks help address diaper need by collecting, storing and distributing free diapers to families experiencing financial hardship. While they range in size and scope, diaper banks obtain diapers through local diaper drives, in-kind donations by manufacturers and retailers, and by the bulk purchase of diapers directly with donated funds. Diaper banks distribute disposable and/or cloth diapers. Vermont Diaper Drive, a volunteer-run site, launched an initial diaper drive in September to make it easier to donate diapers to organizations in Vermont serving diaper needy families, including the Manchester Community Food Cupboard and food shelves at the Bennington/Rutland Opportunity Council offices. To donate, visit vermontdiaperdrive.com for a list of locations.