Diaper need is real. Diapers are expensive, averaging around $100 a month or $1200 a year for one child. Federal assistance programs, such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover diapers. Parents are forced to make hard decisions with limited resources. Disposable diapers are typically a requirement of most childcare centers, making them a necessity for working parents. Lack of washing facilities compounds the issue.
- In Travis County, 26% of all children (under 18 years of age) live in poverty (household income of below $24,000 a year).
- Based on 2012 US Census Bureau data, we estimate that nearly 12,000 babies and toddlers are in a diaper need situation.
- 50% of all single mother households live below the poverty line.
- Austin has the second highest rate of suburban poverty growth of US cities.
Study released July 2013 on diaper need and several news stories on it can be found here.
The article that inspired Austin Diaper Bank: Cost of diapers a big problem for poor moms - CNN Article
Even a donation as small as $5 (or the cost of a Grande Mocha at your favorite coffee shop) can diaper a baby for a few days. And knowing you helped a baby in our city is a great feeling! Click here to help.