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The Diaper Gap

Could you imagine leaving a baby in a dirty diaper for hours at a time simply because you don't have access to clean diapers? The fact is, this is a reality for many families living in poverty. This epidemic is referred to as "the diaper gap". 


The main goal for the Columbus Diaper Coalition is to provide an adequate and reliable supply of diapers to babies, toddlers and their families in the Central Ohio area. We are modeled after successful diaper banks around the country, providing diapers to social service organizations that are helping families in need through comprehensive programs and services. 


Diapers not only provide health and happiness to families and babies in need, but are also a resource to the partners and organizations to which they are given. Having these diapers as a resource increases the services these organizations can provide.


Diaper Facts


  • Disposable diapers cost around $100 each month. This is without any type of government assistance. 

  • Infants tend to go through about twelve diapers a day, and toddlers go through about eight.



U.S. Poverty Facts


  • 5.9 million children in the United States under the age of three are living in poverty or are part of a low-income family. 

  • SNAP Benefits (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and other assistance programs do not cover diapers



Ohio Poverty Facts


  • Nearly one in three Ohio children under the age of six live in poverty. 

  • Children make up one third of Ohioans living in poverty.

  • 15% of SNAP recipients in Ohio are under the age of 5. 

  • 23% of WIC recipients on Ohio are infants. 


What's At Stake?


When a baby is left in a soiled diaper for an extended period of time it can lead to health concerns such as diaper rash, serious infections, or other health problems. 


Babies in soiled diapers are going to cry. In extreme instances the baby may be left in the soiled diaper for a day or more. The excessive crying will not only cause stress on the baby, but it can also cause stress and tension in the family. This puts the baby at risk for shaken baby syndrome, and it puts the parent at risk for depression caused by the guilt of not being able to provide for their child. 


National Diaper Bank Network: What is the diaper gap

Ohio Associationof Community Action Agengies: State of Poverty In Ohio

 Zero to Three: State Baby Facts 2013: Ohio



Read More About The Diaper Gap


Inadequate Diaper Supply Linked To Child Abuse, Depression

by Stephanie Mencimer, July 30, 2013 


Cost Of Diapers A Big Problem For Poor Moms

by Joanne Samuel Goldblum, May 10, 2013


Nonprofit Network Growing to Meet Oft-Overlooked Need: Diapers

by Jeannie Allen, March 22, 2013


Joanne Goldblum's Huffington Post Blog About Diaper Need

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