By Lyssa Schmidt - Grants + Communications Manager
Empty shelf alert! While demand continues for diapers in our community, we are depleting stock of various items and working desperately to refill our shelves! We have received many donations and shipments of pullups off our waitlist - and are so thankful for the help!
Here's some comments from our partners that showcase the need in our area, as well as the impact when we're able to pull through:
"Since we serve many families with toddlers that are potty training the need for pullups has increased, especially size 4T/5T," Kimberly Sturm of Winnebago County WIC Program.
"Families appreciate being able to focus limited funds on food and shelter as their needs for diapers are met by our partnership with Jakes," said Shelby Belanger of Family & Childcare Resources of NEW in Green Bay.
"Our families have expressed gratitude to receive diapers and have one less thing to worry about for their child," said Melissa Carter of Family Services Early Head Start in Green Bay.
"This helped out a lot. Pullups are expensive. This helps us to be able to do extra fun things." - Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends
1 in 3 U.S. families with young children are unable to afford the diapers they need to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. This public health issue is known as ‘diaper need’ - this is what we are working to change!
Our Eastern Wisconsin Diaper Bank provides diapers to partners across Northeast Wisconsin. When it comes to sourcing hygiene items, we are members of the National Diaper Bank Network where we receive literal semi-truck loads of diapers - but certain sizes are difficult to secure.
Specifically, size 6 Diapers and 4T/5T pull ups are difficult to source and stock. We receive far fewer donations of these items, and the cost to purchase on our own is greater than other diaper sizes. Given bulk product discounts, the most efficient way to purchase diapers is by the truckload - with will total tens of thousands of dollars.
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