changing for good
Indiana Diaper Bank empowers families in Indiana by providing a reliable and adequate supply of diapering essentials.
She heard stories about parents struggling, using one diaper a day, or trying to clean and reuse disposable diapers. She learned that not having access to clean diapers has links to maternal depression, health concerns for baby, and can impact a child’s access to early learning. Most shockingly, she learned that public assistance programs such as Medicare, WIC, and SNAP (food stamps) don’t cover diapers.
Indiana Diaper Bank was formed in October 2017 to address diaper need in Indiana and to raise awareness about the diaper gap at a state level.
At the time our founder, Rachael Suskovich, began work on establishing Indiana Diaper Bank, she had two children under two years old and both were wearing diapers. Rachael felt fortunate to be able to provide for her children’s needs; however, diapers were a constant line item on their shopping list. It was a resource that they couldn’t go without and they spent at least $50 each shopping trip on diapering essentials.
Rachael often thought about families struggling with poverty and wondered how they are able to get by with limited resources. She knew that for a family living paycheck to paycheck, the cost of diapering had to be a financial burden. So she started talking to community leaders and asking them what families needed the most. Diapers kept coming up.
Indiana Diaper Bank aims to eliminate diaper need in our community by providing a reliable and adequate supply of diapering essentials. Simply put, we provide children with diapers—the basic necessity that every child deserves in order to be healthy and happy.
how Indiana Diaper Bank works
We collect diapers and distribute them through our community partners. By distributing to nonprofit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, day care programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals, we aim to serve more children in Indiana for a broader impact. We know that diapers are only the beginning of what struggling families need—they need comprehensive social services that address a range of issues from food and diapers to medical and mental health. That’s why we partner with organizations across the city that offer whole family care.
How diapers get to families in need:
People like you and community organizations donate diapers to Indiana Diaper Bank. If you donate money, Indiana Diaper Bank will purchase the diapers (for every one diaper purchased at retail, we can purchase four!).
Volunteers re-wrap diapers for distribution.
We supply diapers to our distribution partners throughout Indiana.
Our distribution partners give diapers to families in need.
Clean diapers = happy, healthy babies!
making positive change
Providing families in need with free diapers can make a health, social, and economic impact and influences a range of positive outcomes, such as:
Positive changes in parental mood — reducing risk of childhood abuse
Improved child health and happiness — nurturing their ability to learn
Increased opportunities for childcare, work stability, and school attendance
We are so grateful to our amazing community sponsors. Without your involvement, we would do far less for families in need in Indiana. Thank you for your ongoing support!
we couldn’t do it without you
Every day, thousands of parents across Indiana must ask themselves, "Food, medicine, or diapers?" Indiana Diaper Bank believes that no one should have to make that choice, and with your help, we’re making sure fewer families do.