Kids & Family

This is What 305,000 Diapers Looks Like

See where this delivery happened and find out why they're desperately needed


305,000 diapers. That's a lot of diapers! But that's how many diapers came in just one delivery to the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank warehouse in Point Breeze this week.

Families in need in Allegheny County alone can go through 77,000 diapers a day!

That many diapers only comes twice-a-year to the Diaper Bank, part of their partnership with Kimberly-Clark, makers of Huggies. But this mountain of diapers won't last very long -- only 2-4 days in the 5-county region served by the diaper bank. That's astounding!

"This is barely scratching the surface." Rev. Phillip Battle, Diaper Bank Co-Founder

Volunteers will break down the large boxes of diapers in to smaller amounts that will go to their partner agencies for distribution, at no cost, to low income families. In Allegheny County alone these families need 77,000 diapers a day. In the region (Allegheny, Cambria, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties) served by the Diaper Bank, families need 140,000 diapers a day. The fact that many families can't afford diapers is something called "diaper need."

Families without an adequate supply of diapers can't put their children in day care, which prevents them from going to work or school.

"Diaper need" is defined as the lack of a sufficient supply of disposable diapers to keep a child clean, dry and healthy . Consider this:

  • Babies need 6-10 diapers a day
  • Diapers for one child cost $18 per week
  • 1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers
  • Diapers are not covered by SNAP (food stamp) or other government benefits
  • Day cares and schools will not take children without a sufficient supply of diapers

Click here to learn more about diaper need and how you can help. And keep checking back for a future story where Sparkt will go behind the scenes at the Diaper Bank and meet families who are grateful for your support, and the volunteers who serve them.

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