It can be hard to make ends meet, especially in Marin County, and especially during the pandemic. Postpartum Support Center addresses diaper needs in our community by providing diapers and baby essentials to families and mothers in need. We collect diapers, pull-ups, wipes, and formula. We also collect monetary donations, which are used to purchase these supplies at discount prices. No parent should ever have to make the choice between diapers or food!
Do you need diapers? Please use the links below to submit your request to the Marin Diaper Bank.
“Low-income mothers who don’t have enough diapers for their babies are more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety than other low-income mothers, according to new research from Yale University.”
— Psych Central
WHAT IS DIAPER NEED?
On average, an infant needs over 2,900 diapers each year. The gap between the number of diapers a baby needs and the number of diapers the family can afford is called diaper need.
Diapers are a significant expense, calculated in major monthly costs along with food and rent. Babies require 6 to 12 diapers per day, and disposable diapers can cost as much as $70-$80 per month, per baby. Plus, wipes can cost an additional $30 or more, per month.
Food stamps and similar programs like WIC don’t cover diapers, but even if they did, it would not help this situation. As Goldblum notes, families who rely on food stamps “don’t have enough money to make it to the end of the month,” which means dipping into the food stamps for diapers would just mean less food.
1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
Diapers are a necessity! Parents will often keep children in wet and soiled disposables for a long time — possibly even rinsing and reusing them. Babies who remain in a soiled diaper too long are exposed to potential health risks, such as yeast and bacterial infections, and severe diaper rash.
Most childcare centers and early childhood education programs, including free and subsidized ones, require parents to provide disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are not accepted at many childcare centers.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Diaper need has a physical effect on children and a psychological effect on parents who are unable to provide this basic necessity for their children. If you would like to support our diaper program, please consider donating, hosting a diaper drive, or donating supplies.
Make a Monetary Donation (Tax-Deductible): Donate Here
Your funds will go directly towards diaper program operations, namely: purchasing diapers, wipes, and formula that will be distributed to individuals in need and partner agencies.
You can support our Diaper Bank by dropping supplies at our locations below.
Host a Diaper Drive or Help Spread the Word!
In difficult times like these, communities are the saving grace. Thank you all for your generous donations.
DIAPER DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
PPSC Marin Diaper Bank accepts baby essentials such as unexpired/unopened baby formula, baby wipes, pull-ups, baby diapers (all sizes) at the following locations:
Applied Financial Services:
359 Bel Marin Keys, Suite 1,
Novato CA 94949
M-F 9 am-5 pm
INSTRUCTIONS WHEN DROPPING OF DIAPERS AND OTHER BABY SUPPLIES:
Please wear your mask at all times
Please practice 6-feet physical distancing
It is ok to leave donations outside if it is not raining
May I bring other baby supplies, such as baby rash creams, shampoos, lotions, strollers, etc. - Yes, but we ask you to please contact us with more details so that we can coordinate delivery with families in need.
May I bring diapers that are no longer in their original package? - If the diaper box has been opened but the diapers are still in their original unopened wrapping then we can accept those diapers, but please mark diaper size on the package. However, due to the pandemic and our safety protocols, we cannot accept exposed diapers that cannot be sanitized.
May I order diapers and wipes online and have them delivered to the Diaper Drive Location? - Yes, that is ok.
To learn more about how you can help or would like to host our diaper donation drive, please contact us at email@example.com. Your support is greatly needed.