Louisville Metro Government Donates 500,000 Diapers to Families in Need

Today, Mayor Greg Fischer joined representatives from Metro Louisville’s Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) to announce a massive donation of over 500,000 diapers to Saint Bernadette Diaper Bank. Saint Bernadette’s distributes diapers to a diverse network of more than 13 nonprofit partner organizations that help low-income and homeless families in the Louisville area.

During the event, organizers expressed the significant need for diapers in the Louisville community, which is often a crushing burden often carried by women. Diapers for a child cost an average of $80 a month and one in three families lack the resources to buy enough, according to local authorities.

Since the pandemic, diaper costs have reportedly increased by approximately 8.7%, due to strong product demand, supply chain disruptions and increased shipping costs.

Rising diaper prices have led to strong demand at local diaper banks like Sainte Bernadette.

“It takes a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach to ensure every child has a healthy start and opportunities,” said Mayor Fischer. “I am grateful to our city’s Resilience and Community Services team and CSBG federal funding for supporting Saint Bernadette’s mission to help ease the burden of the need for diapers in our community and ensure that that every family has enough diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy.

With a special allocation of federal funding from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)-CARES, CHN was able to expand programs and services to individuals and families financially impacted by the COVID pandemic with increased assistance to public services and other financial assistance, case management for specific homeless people, and the purchase of diapers for today’s donation.

“When we heard about the need for diapers in our community, we wanted to help in any way we could,” said Tameka Laird, director of RCS, which is part of a national anti-poverty network. a family’s budget, and every time there is an increase in the cost of basic necessities, it affects people living in poverty at a greater rate. »

Deanna Hornback founded the Saint Bernadette Diaper Bank, Kentucky’s only diaper bank, nearly a decade ago. She said there were about 6,000 babies or young children who needed diapers in the city and surrounding counties. That’s more than they can currently help, but their goal remains to help fill the void by providing 50 nappies a month to those 6,000 children.

“Without an adequate supply of diapers, babies are at serious health risk,” Hornback said. “On top of that, babies may not be accepted into daycare without their own nappies, which means their caregivers can’t work.”

Also in attendance at today’s event were Eva Astudillo of La Casita Center, one of the Diaper Bank partners, as well as Louisville Metro Board member Paula McCraney (D-7) representing the caucus Council women, and Gretchen Hunt, executive administrator of the Louisville Metro Office for Women, who together organized a diaper drive during the month of March. Through their efforts, over 19,500 diapers were collected and donated to Saint Bernadette.

“We are so grateful for every donation, and especially grateful for the tremendous support received from Mayor Fischer’s office, the Metro Board, and other Louisville Metro agencies that enabled us to provide more supplies to partner agencies. current ones and to increase the number of agencies we serve,” said Hornback.

She added that the diaper bank is constantly in need of diapers for all ages, but is running out of diapers specifically for pull-ups and diapers for newborns, size 5 and size 6.

You can get involved in several ways to help Saint Bernadette, including:

  • Donate: Donate online at https://stb2008.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/DiaperBank or send checks to Saint Bernadette Diaper Bank at 6500 St. Bernadette Ave., Prospect, KY 40059.
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  • Defender: Learn more about diaper needs in Louisville.
  • Contact Sainte Bernadette for more information at 502-425-2210 ext. 214.

The City Women’s Bureau is also convening a Diaper Needs Working Group and will host a discussion on Diaper Needs and how to access diapers or become a participating agency with the Diaper Bank on Friday. July 8 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/OFWLouisville. For more information, contact the Executive Office Administrator, Gretchen Hunt, [email protected].

“Access to diapers is a matter of gender equity,” Hunt said. “Without nappies, women cannot send their children to daycare and therefore cannot work. This is an important step forward in enabling more women to meet their basic needs, which in turn strengthens our entire community. »

If you are a parent with little ones in need of diapers, visit the Sainte Bernadette website for a list of agencies served and contact information at https://stb2008.org/diaper-bank.

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