Motivated by the motto “Changing Babies... Changing Lives,” the Diaper Bank gives families an opportunity to apply for a package containing a week’s supply of diapers and wipes up to three times a year per child. Intended to help get families through the tough times, the Diaper Bank currently serves families through the Department of Social Services (DSS). The goal is to expand to serve nonprofit agencies as well. Read the press release in Spanish.
A family does not have to be an existing client of DSS to apply for diapers. Applications can be obtained and submitted at any of the county’s district offices – located in Mount Vernon, Peekskill, White Plains and Yonkers – or can be downloaded from the JLCW’s Web site. Diapers are distributed on a monthly basis from the district offices with designated dates and pick-up times. Applications are due approximately a week before the distribution date. Proof of Westchester County residency and a child’s birth certificate are required for eligibility.
A key to making the Diaper Bank successful and sustainable is an ample supply of diapers. The Diaper Bank relies on donations, community drives and corporate sponsorships. The Junior League encourages and is seeking individuals, community organizations or corporate sponsorships to support the Diaper Bank and ultimately, our families in the community.
A recent study found that one in three American families struggles to afford clean diapers for their child. On average, diapers cost $18 per week, or $936 per year for each child, according to the Huggies study. Without an ample supply of diapers, babies are left in soiled diapers for too long, leading to poor health from infections, discomfort, and emotional distress.
The Diaper Bank is a partnership of the county’s Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Junior League of Central Westchester.
For more information about receiving or donating diapers, visit the Junior League of Central Westchester or contact them at (914) 723-6442, or .