our story

Our Story

The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank believes all of us: babies, children, and adults deserve to be clean and dry.

MISSION

Building healthy communities by ending diaper need and period poverty through access, education, and advocacy.

Purpose

St. Louis Area Diaper Bank strives to make a health, social and economic impact by not only providing diapers and period supplies but by connecting them to these resources and other resources through our partner agencies. Providing families in need with free diapers influences a range of positive outcomes for these families, such as positive changes in parental mood (reducing the risk of childhood abuse); improved child health and happiness (nurturing their ability to learn); and increased opportunities for childcare, work stability, and school attendance

Vision

Everyone has the basic hygiene products needed to live healthy, dignified, and empowered lives.

Values

Collaborative | Leaders of Change | Tenacious | Equitable | Kind | Advocates | Inclusive | Strategic | Passionate

Our Story

The St. Louis Area Diaper bank was formed in 2014 after the founder, Jessica Adams, heard a story on the radio from the director of the National Diaper Bank Network about the prevalence of diaper need across the country, about how 1 in 3 mothers routinely finds herself without enough diapers to keep her child clean and dry. Stories of families across the country making tough choices between diapers and food or medicine, being forced to leave little ones for far too long in dirty diapers, and even having to reuse soiled diapers because they couldn’t afford to buy more.

The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank partners with other nonprofits and agencies that work with families and individuals in need. Through community diaper drives and donations, we collect or purchase diapers and distribute them to a wide variety of service agencies and faith-based organizations. The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank believes all of us: babies, children, and adults deserve to be clean and dry.

St. Louis Area Diaper Bank Milestones

2014

St. Louis Area Diaper Bank Launches

We begin distributing 1,200 diapers annually with 1 partner

2015

1st Annual Diaper Need Awareness Week

We collected over 20,000 diapers

2016

St. Louis Area Diaper Bank adds 7 new partners

7 new partners and we distributed 30,000 diapers

2018

St. Louis Area Diaper Bank adds 16 new partners

16 new partners and 1,000,000 diapers are distributed

2019

St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies is Launched

A new program is added, St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies

2020

Diaper Distribution Tops 3 Million

3,285,354 Diapers distributed in 2020

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