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Diaper Need
in New York

and what The HopeLine is doing about it

Diaper need is the struggle to provide enough clean diapers for a child to be changed as often as needed. Diapers are a basic need for infants and toddlers and are as essential to their health and well-being as food and shelter.

Diapers are as essential to a baby’s healthy development as a mother’s love.

Fresh diapers impact the physical, mental, and economic well-being of children and their caregivers.

As the first established diaper distribution center in the Bronx,

we exist to intervene in the cycle of poverty by meeting the basic needs of vulnerable families and help empower those living in the Bronx to become more self-sufficient and upwardly mobile.

Facts About Diaper Need

Nearly 50% of families in the United States struggle to pay for diapers.

  • Disposable diapers cost $100–$120 per month per baby.
  • Infants need up to 12 diapers per day.
  • Toddlers need about 8 diapers per day.
  • 31% of infants and toddlers with at least one parent who works full-time live in low-income families.
  • 1 in 3 mothers cut back on essentials like food to afford diapers for their children.
  • 3 in 5 parents miss work or school because they can’t afford diapers.
  • 95% of mothers in the U.S. solely use disposable diapers for their children.
  • Diapers are not covered under safety net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) or WIC (women, infants, and children).

50% of families in the United States struggle to pay for diapers.

  • Disposable diapers cost $100–$120 per month per baby.
  • Infants need up to 12 diapers per day.
  • Toddlers need about 8 diapers per day.
  • 31% of infants and toddlers with at least one parent who works full-time live in low-income families.
  • 1 in 3 mothers cut back on essentials like food to afford diapers for their children.
  • 3 in 5 parents miss work or school because they can’t afford diapers.
  • 95% of mothers in the U.S. solely use disposable diapers for their children.
  • Diapers are not covered under safety net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) or WIC (women, infants, and children).

CLEAN
+ DRY
HEALTHY

A SIMPLE FORMULA
UNATTAINABLE FOR 50% OF US FAMILIES

Diapers are Essential to the Well-Being of Families

17% of New York children under 18 are infants/toddlers

Without clean diapers . . .

. . . babies are exposed to potential health risks and toxic stress.

. . . mothers are at risk for increased maternal depression.

. . . parents are unable to access childcare that requires diapers daily.

. . . parents miss work or school which inhibits their ability to get ahead.

Babies Need Strong Foundations

Children in low-income families are at greatest risk of suffering the effects of diaper need because many families can’t afford diapers. Current public support programs help some, but young children have additional needs necessary to build a strong foundation for healthy growth and to reach their full potential.

Diapers are as essential to a baby’s healthy development as a mother’s love. Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential. But one in two families struggles to provide clean diapers for their baby.

How The HopeLine is Helping

The HopeLine has distributed over 2 million diapers

As a leading diaper distribution center in New York City, families rely on us for their monthly diaper needs through scheduled appointments. Our dedicated service extends to around 800 children per month, ensuring each visit provides an average of 50 diapers. We distribute an impressive monthly average of 35,000 diapers, playing a crucial role in supporting families in our community.

By the Numbers

Serve around 800 children monthly

457,568 diapers distributed in 2022

An additional 5,000 diapers were distributed to expectant mothers to ease their transition into parenthood

When available, we also provide wipes, formula, feminine hygiene products for moms, and toys/clothes for children

We are also a food pantry, and families receive groceries each visit

Where We
Get Diapers

Diaper Need
is Real.

Your support is greatly needed…
and here are 3 ways to do so.

#1

Your generous contribution to The HopeLine plays a vital role in fulfilling the diaper demand. You can support us by making a monetary donation or by selecting diapers from our wish list. In both ways, you make a significant impact! (Remember: disposable diapers cost $100-$120 per month per baby and we serve over 800 each month).

#2

Because we distribute 40,000 diapers per month, and diapers need to be pulled from boxes and wrapped for families, it’s a lot of work for our small staff. Gather friends, family, and coworkers and schedule a Friday wrapping party!

#3

Every day, countless families struggle to provide clean diapers for their babies, and their silent need deserves a voice. Help us raise awareness about diaper need and be a part of the solution by sharing our story to ensure every child has a healthy start.