The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank exists to help strengthen low-income families in the St. Louis region by ensuring access to an adequate supply of diapers, and by raising awareness about the causes and consequences of diaper need in our community.
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank streamlines the collection and distribution of diapers to low-income families in the St. Louis region. With diapers and financial donations collected from the community, the Diaper Bank partners with existing service organizations to serve families who are most in need of diapers to keep their little ones clean and dry, healthy and happy.
The idea to form the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank grew after the Diaper Bank’s 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. She pointed out that one in three 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 struck a chord with Jessica.
And when she found out that St. Louis didn't already have a diaper bank, Jessica decided to start one herself.
- April 2014: the Diaper Bank officially incorporates as a non-profit organization and begins operations in the founder’s basement.
- April 10, 2014: Nancy Cambria at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch authors "When poor parents can't afford diapers, babies wear dirty diapers longer" and sparks the community’s interest in the Diaper Bank
- May 2014: the Diaper Bank takes on its first distribution partner, Sweet Babies, distributing approximately 1,200 diapers each month
- February 2015: The Diaper Bank adds its second partner, Parents as Teachers in the St. Louis Public School District, distributing 3,000 diapers each month, tripling its distribution
- June 2015: the Diaper Bank purchases 30,000 diapers from a sister bank in Missouri
- July 27, 2015: "Here come the Huggies: A fledgling St. Louis Diaper bank makes its first big delivery," a story by Nancy Cambria, runs in the Post-Dispatch, garnering new and exciting support for the Diaper Bank
- Summer 2015: the Diaper Bank receives an offer of warehouse space from the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, corporate partnership agreements with Schnucks Markets and Two Men and A Truck, and countless donations of diapers and dollars from interested members of the community
- September 2015: the Diaper Bank celebrated its first annual Diaper Need Awareness Week with a diaper drive at area Schnucks stores and its first annual Fill The Truck Diaper Drive in partnership with Two Men and a Truck, raising over 20,000 diapers and $8000 dollars
- October 2015: the organization moves out of the founder's basement and in to donated warehouse space at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry
- April 2016: the Diaper Bank adds 7 new distribution partners and increases diaper distribution from 3,000 a month to 30,000 a month
- September 2016: the 2nd Annual Diaper Need Awareness Week garners amazing community support, including a Fill the Truck Diaper Drive collection netting over 100,000 diapers, and Bottoms up for Babies fundraiser welcoming 100 guests which raises $14,000
- October 2016: the Diaper Bank moves into a larger warehouse space in midtown St. Louis
- February 2017: the Diaper Bank accepts 8 new partners and increases diaper distribution from 30,000 to 43,000 a month, raising annual diaper distribution by 70% to 520,000
September 2017: the third annual Diaper Need Awareness Week surpasses its goal; our Fill the Truck Diaper Drive collects over 240,000 diapers, and our Bottoms Up for Babies event brings over 150 guests to honor Champion of Change, Nancy Cambria, and raises $15,000
November 2017: Diaper Bank welcomes 16 new partners, with a projected distribution increase of 125%, or 1.25 million diapers, for 2018
February 2018: Diaper Bank prepares to distribute its millionth diaper, and is featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Diaper Bank nears poignant milestone: 1 million diapers handed out"