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About Us

The Columbus Diaper Coalition was born out of a need within the community. Upon learning that diapers were not covered by Ohio Works First, SNAP Benefits, or other social-service organizations in the state of Ohio, the Co-Founders; Iris Coker and Lara Smith began to put the wheels in motion to start a diaper bank. 


Iris Coker, the Co-Founder of the Columbus Diaper Coalition felt a personal connection to families struggling to make ends meet and provide for their children. Having been a single mother while working full-time, and attending college full-time at Ohio Dominican University, she could relate to those tough financial decisions that parents are often forced to make. She understood that something as simple as assistance with diapers could provide those parents with peace of mind and a little relief from financial stress. 


The Columbus Diaper Coalition launched in November of 2013, partnering with two Columbus-area food pantries, and continues to grow and expand it's reach through the addition of more pantries and social service organizations. The vision of every member of the Columbus Diaper Coalition is to grow into a diaper bank in Columbus, Ohio that can serve all areas of the city.




Columbus Diaper Coalition Board Of Directors:



          Laura Mullins

          Executive Director

Sarah Hastie

Director of Engagement 

Nationwide Children's Hospital  


Columbus Diaper Coalition Team Members:


Michele Shaffer

Pick-up Coordinator 

Krista Walls

Pick-up Coordinator

Kara Schulkers

Team Lead Volunteer

Columbus Diaper Coalition Founders

Iris Coker

Lara Smith 












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