THE DIAPER BANK
In fall 2018, the Junior League of Champlain Valley (JLCV) established Chittenden County’s first Diaper Bank and began distributing diapers to local food shelves from its South Burlington headquarters. The Diaper Bank’s initial inventory was boosted by a large donation of 46,000 diapers from Seventh Generation. The Diaper Bank currently supports six local food shelves with bimonthly distributions: The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Aunt Dot’s and town food shelf programs in Williston, Richmond, Milton and Hinesburg. The JLCV is on track to distribute 100,000 diapers annually free of charge. In January 2019, the Diaper Bank became Vermont’s first affiliated bank in the National Diaper Bank Network.
“Diaper Need” impacts one in three U.S. families and the well-being of our country’s infants and toddlers. The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf reports that 6-10 people per day are requesting diapers. It can cost $75 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 programs prevent spending money specifically on diapers. Without diapers, infants and toddlers cannot attend childcare or participate in early childhood education. Without childcare, parents cannot go to work or school.
The JLCV is accepting donations of unused disposable diapers in any type, size, or brand and unopened wipes and diaper creams. Donation drop-off bins are located at Healthy Living in South Burlington, Kismet Place in Williston and Burlington International Airport.
Please note that we cannot accept cloth diapers. Many of those who utilize the diaper bank use public laundry facilities that for hygiene reasons, do not permit washing cloth diapers.