DIAPER BANK 

The Junior League of Champlain Valley has established Vermont’s first diaper bank and began distributing diapers to area food shelves from its South Burlington headquarters in Fall 2018. The Diaper Bank will partner with The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and town food shelf programs in Williston, Richmond, Milton and Hinesburg and plans to distribute close to 100,000 diapers annually. “Diaper need” impacts one in three U.S. families, and the well-being of our country’s infants and toddlers.

In 2018 the Junior League of Champlain Valley operated a diaper drive as a test run for launching a diaper bank. Over 18,000 diapers were gathered and distributed to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, which reported that 6-10 people per day request diapers. It can cost over $100 per month to diaper a child, and no state or federal safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; in fact, many prevent spending money on them.

The Junior League Diaper Bank’s initial inventory was boosted by a large donation from Seventh Generation of Burlington. Seventh Generation has donated an extraordinary 46,000 diapers to the Junior League’s Diaper Bank. “We are incredibly grateful to Seventh Generation for their tremendous donation, and proud to be part of a community where businesses support causes like the Diaper Bank,” said Amanda Herzberger, chair of the diaper bank committee.

Why diapers matter - Without diapers, infants & toddlers cannot attend childcare or participate in early childhood education. Without childcare, parents cannot go to work or school, or further their education and provide for their families. Educated parents and stable families are critical to solving the larger, systemic problems facing Vermont.

The JLCV is accepting donations of unused disposable diapers in any type, size, or brand and unopened wipes and diaper creams. A donation drop-off  bin is located at Healthy Living in South Burlington and Kismet Place in Williston.

Please note that we cannot accept cloth diapers. Many of those in need use public laundry facilities, which do not permit washing cloth diapers for hygiene reasons. Accordingly, this is a disposable diaper collection only.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

DIAPER A CHILD FOR 1 WEEK

$10

This will buy 56 diapers, which will last ~ 7 days. 

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 2 WEEKS

$20

This will buy 112 diapers, which will last ~ 2 weeks. 

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 1 MONTH

$40

This will buy 240 diapers, which will last ~ 1 month

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 6 MONTHS

$240

This will buy approximately 1,440 diapers, which will last ~ 6 months.

 DIAPER A CHILD FOR 1 YEAR

$480

This will buy approximately 2,880 diapers, which will last ~ 1 year.

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#DIAPERNEED FACTS

  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, and toddlers need about eight.
  • Disposable diapers can cost up to $100 per month per baby.
  • 2% of all births in Vermont are covered by Medicaid, yet despite being a basic hygiene need,  diapers are not covered by state and national safety net programs.
  • 13% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly “food stamps”) recipients in  Vermont are under the age of 5.  
  • 19.4% of Vermont WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) recipients are infants.
  • Almost 30% of low-income families with children in diapers can’t afford an adequate supply of  them, forcing many families to make one or two diapers last the whole day.
  • Lack of diapers has a profound and complex impact on families, including health risks like rashes  and urinary tract infections for children and mental problems such as stress, anxiety, and  depression for parents and children.
  • Low income families are also likely to not have private laundry facilities meaning cloth diapering is  not an option for them.




Junior League of Champlain Valley, PO Box 4418 Burlington VT 05406 Email JLCV 3060 Williston Road Suite-4 S. Burlington VT 05403
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