Leftover Diapers? Please Donate Them to Families in Need

Leftover Diapers? Please Donate Them to Families in Need

Imagine needing to choose between buying diapers or putting gas in your car. Or having to miss work because you don’t have enough diapers to give to your daycare provider. Or trying to wash a dirty disposable diaper because you don't have any fresh ones for your baby.

While many new parents are sorting through the nitty-gritty of ideal diaper selection, one in three American families has difficulty affording diapers at all. 

Diaper need – the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby or child clean, dry, and healthy – is a significant problem in the U.S. According to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), diaper need affects more than five million children living in poor or low-income families.

Infants and toddlers require between 8-12 diapers per day, adding up to a cost of around $75 per month. That necessity can really put a burden on a family’s budget, especially when they may be struggling just to put food on the table. 

In a 2018 article in The Nation, parents reported methods to “stretch” diaper use including reusing dirty diapers and leaving a child in a diaper longer than they should, risking diaper rash and urinary tract infections.

According to a 2017 study, 73% of the families who struggled to provide clean, dry diapers reported feeling like they were not good parents. Additional mental and financial stress comes from the burden of missing work when parents can’t afford sufficient diapers required by daycares. 

Currently, there is no state or federal child safety-net program allocating dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. SNAP and WIC are not able to be used to purchase diapers. While diapers can be bought with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance, less than a quarter of families living below the Federal Poverty Level actually receive TANF.

Other issues for low-income families include lack of transportation to buy discounted diapers at large “big box” stores. And, most childcare centers – even free and subsidized facilities – require parents to provide disposable diapers.

How Can You Help?

NDBN provides the research, resources, and technical assistance to help establish sustainable diaper banks and pantries in communities throughout the country. 

To serve the need directly, you can find a Diaper Bank in your community on this map and even find the resources to start your own!

You can also simply Google “where to donate diapers” for a list of places super close to home for easy access – just be sure to vet the legitimacy of the organization (high ranking Google sites with reviews and testimonials are usually a safe bet). 

Diaper banks are not limited to disposable diapers. If you want to use cloth diapers, there are diaper banks for that, too. Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and The Rebecca Foundation are two such organizations that will mail cloth diapers to applicants.

If you want to go the extra mile, there are various bills and resolutions being proposed at the federal and state levels, which you can follow and support with the advocacy tools provided by NDBN.

At Hello Bello, we're doing our part to help end diaper need, too. Since we launched in 2019, we've donated over 1.5 million diapers to families in need – and we are committed to continuing this effort. We hope you'll join us.


The section for starting a diaper bank in your community is not working and I would like to know if this is an option still, and how I can go about doing it.

Lindsey Valdivia on

I have size one diapers left (huggies) my baby does not fit in them, i don’t wanna throw them away if anyone needs them please email me ! i also have newborn (pampers) please let me know <3

Desi acuna on

The Rebecca Foundation link no longer works, and the program listed has been shut down due to investigation of the founder’s activities. FYI for anyone looking to donate there. I got the runaround looking for their program.

Beth on

I’m sitting here in my kids nursery sobbing after reading about diaper need in America. I was looking for places to donate diapers when I came across this post. Sometimes (read: most of the time) I forget just how blessed I actually am. I’ve never wondered where my next box of diapers or wipes will come from. I’ve never worried about not being able to cover my kids booty. I don’t know what that fear feels like, and my heart is breaking for those mommies, daddies, and the like who do know what that fear is. Oh my heart. I will continue to find ways to donate baby supplies in every way that I can. My contributions may not be big, but maybe they will reach the hands of a parent in need. That would make my heart happy.

Kaleigh Douglas on

Our organization treats children with developmental delays as a result of limited resources, abuse, or neglect and provides support and education for both the child and their families. Our children and families receive therapy in the classrooms and in separate therapy rooms.

We provide the children with diapers and pull ups, so the Parents have one less obstacle to overcome. One of my co-workers saw you on tv this morning and said your company donated to non-profits. How can we apply? We have 70 children on site, and we use a lot of diapers / pull ups. We were recently receiving donations from SC Diaper bank, but they have decreased in size and we are not receiving the amount we need.

We are a 501 © 3 nonprofit and would like to apply for diaper donations.

With your support, A Child’s Haven is helping stabilize the homes of the children we work with and making sure all children in Greenville County start school on track and prepared for success.

Ellen Crumbaker
A Child’s Haven
20 Martin Drive
Greenville, SC 29617
864-298-0029 ext 2035

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