Raising a child is hard enough, but raising one in poverty can seem almost impossible. That’s why the Utah Diaper Bank was founded in 2012 after observing two years of diaper shortages in Salt Lake. The Utah Diaper Bank is a nonprofit organization designed to help distribute diapers or cover the cost of them for families in need.
The Utah Diaper Bank helps support diaper drives by setting out bins, banners, flyers, and collecting donations. They also drop off and pick the bins up and distribute about 15,000 diapers a month throughout the community which typically only lasts a week. The community has been extremely responsive to the shortage, with over 100,000 diapers being donated by individuals and organizations just within this last year. Utah Diaper Bank used these donations, as well as some monetary donations, to distribute over 120,000 diapers to those in need. These donations coupled with the many volunteer hours contributed to the diaper bank brought us to the attention of Kimberly-Clark and qualified us for a diaper bank donation of almost three hundred thousand Huggies diapers for the state of Utah.
This donation will allow the Utah Diaper Bank to begin to ship 25,000 diapers a month, 5,000 of those diapers to locations beyond the greater Salt Lake area. The estimated need of 50,000 diapers a month
means that the Utah Diaper Bank will need continued support from the community.
The Utah Diaper Bank hopes to receive enough grants and donations to obtain a facility to operate out of. The facility will allow the organization and volunteers to receive, wrap, pack, and ship their monthly distribution.
There are currently diaper banks Salt Lake and Park City, with distribution in Ogden and Provo as well.
For more information please visit utahdiaperbank.org.