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2022 Mother’s Day Diaper Giveaway

KXAN, May 7, 2022

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Diaper Bank handed out roughly 150,000 diapers at Circuit of the Americas Saturday in a Mother’s Day weekend event.

“Our hope is to help mothers who are struggling to keep their children healthy and clean due to poverty, the rising cost of diapers, formula and other essentials,” said ADB Executive Director Holly McDaniel. “Every mom should be celebrated this Mother’s Day and, with the help of our volunteers and donors, we are honoring the love and joy moms give their children each and every day.”

New York Times, March 17, 2021

Jessica Grose of NYT Parenting wrote a new story on diaper need and the research of our friend Dr. Jennifer Randles, an associate professor of sociology at California State University, Fresno, who believes diaper need is under-researched issue.

“Over half of the 70 women Dr. Randles interviewed said they were more stressed about affording diapers than they were about affording food, housing or electricity.”

“Though no governmental organization keeps statistics on how much diaper need has increased since the pandemic started, a representative from the National Diaper Bank Network said that there was an 86 percent increase on average in the number of diapers distributed to children and families during the pandemic as compared to pre-pandemic figures, and they projected that nearly 40 percent more children are being served by their diaper banks.”

Holly McDaniel, the executive director of the Austin Diaper Bank said that while local need has declined since … the summer of 2020, “we still are at a 75 percent increase over where we were in February 2020.” Ms. McDaniel said that her organization had distributed 1.7 million diapers in 2020, compared with 950,000 diapers in 2019.

Bright Spot Launch

AUSTIN DIAPER BANK LAUNCHES PERIOD SUPPLY PROGRAM AT 2 AISD SCHOOLS
1 in 5 students miss school each month due to a lack of period supplies.

The Austin Diaper Bank on Friday unveiled Bright Spot, a new program to supply period products to students who do not have them, allowing them not only to attend school with dignity, but feel empowered about their bodies and health.

The program was announced at a press conference at Lanier High School, which, along with Burnet Middle School, are the two Austin Independent School District schools participating in Bright Spot and partnering with the Austin Diaper Bank.
The full press release can been seen here.

Austin Woman Magazine

July, 2018 Issue

Pick up the July Issue of Austin Woman Magazine and read all about the Austin Diaper Bank