Delivering Diapers Through BackPack Beginnings
They are just as essential to health and wellbeing as food and shelter. Research says that 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. No family should have to worry about affording diapers for their infants and toddlers in Greensboro, but too many do.
Without diapers, babies cannot attend childcare or participate in some early childhood education programs. Without childcare, mothers cannot go to school or work to further their education and provide for families. Diapers can cost $100 to $150 per month; for those who buy them at the corner store, they are typically more expensive. Most federal or state relief programs do not cover the cost of diapers.
“At BackPack Beginnings, the need for diapers has increased 1,591% since the start of the pandemic. Parents are forced to choose between paying for food and buying diapers, and the stress of a decision like that takes a toll on the entire family,” said Parker White, Volunteer Executive Director for BackPack Beginnings, a local partner of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. Together these two nonprofits are working for families to have access to basic necessities that support their dignity, health, and quality of life.
“It is a scenario no one wants to face: choosing between feeding your child or changing their diaper. That’s why CHF is supporting BackPack Beginnings and their efforts to quickly and efficiently reach Greensboro families who need diapers,” said Susan Shumaker, CHF President.
Backpack Beginnings staff sort diapers for community distribution.