During the month of April, Rotary focuses on maternal and child wellness. Rotarians around the globe continuously look for ways to expand access to quality care. As one of Rotary’s main focuses, we look for ways to expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.
An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented. Our club seeks to do our part in our own backyard. To invest in mothers and children in our own community, we recently teamed up with the Diaper Bank of North Georgia to support their efforts to provide sanitary solutions for moms who struggle to afford diapers.
The Diaper Bank was started by members of the Junior League after doing a review of the biggest needs in our community. After meeting with several organizations, the Junior League of Hall County-Gainesville found a very strong need to provide diapers to mothers who are dependent on food stamps and WIC programs.
- 5.2 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.
- 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
- Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps.
- Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
- No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
- Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.
- Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.
- Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
- Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of child care centers.
- Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.
Today, the Diaper Bank of North Georgia serves as a community outreach program to provide free diapers to the families in need in our community. The program is overseen by the Junior League of Hall County-Gainesville and through support of partner organizations such as Family Promise.
South Hall Rotary recently heard about the impact numbers from the program over the last few years and the impact of diapers in our community. To further support the mission, the club has started a collection drive through April 13th. Diapers of all sizes and even open packs can be donated to any member of the South Hall Rotary club or can be delivered to the Junior League directly.
The club has already collected hundreds of diapers to contribute toward the cause and is excited to present them to the Diaper Bank during the club meeting on April 13th.