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Forbes.com Covers Diaper Need

Posted on: August 31, 2015 by admin

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Barrier To Entry: How Diaper Need Isolates Parents” is the title of a new article by Anna Bahney posted on Forbes.com.  The piece is among several recent news articles on #DiaperNeed and the National Diaper Bank Network.

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“Parenting a baby, despite its sublime moments of joy, can be challenging even for those with adequate resources. But for parents who are struggling to make ends meet, the difficulty is much greater. Stress gathers around meeting their baby’s most basic needs of being fed and, particularly, diapered.

Government assistance programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) aid families in feeding their kids.

But what about keeping babies healthy, clean and dry? What about diapers?

With no national assistance program to provide diapers to families, diaper need can endanger the health of the baby and make the job of parenting more stressful for the parent. Lack of diapers can also be an obstacle to the family accessing child care and even correlate with maternal depression according to new research from the National Diaper Bank Network.”

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NDBN Welcomes Three New Board Members

Posted on: August 28, 2015 by admin


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We are pleased to welcome three new members to the National Diaper Bank Network Board of Directors!

Joining the board for three-year terms are Corinne Cannon, founder and executive director of DC Diaper Bank, which serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Vicki Clark, a renowned nonprofit leader and consultant based in Memphis, and Kathleen DiChiara, the acclaimed founder, and CEO emeritus of the The Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

These three remarkable women bring immense experience, knowledge, and passion to our talented board of directors. Each has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping individuals and families who are struggling to improve their lives.

In addition, current board member Sondra Greene has become Treasure of the Board, and joins current Board Chair Jennifer Lohse and Board Secretary Kristine Lemke on the leadership team.

Two of NDBN’s founding board members Nancy Woodland, executive director of WestSide Baby (Seattle), and The Rev. James Swarthout, Clergy Community Relations Coordinator at the Rosecrance Health Network (Chicago), have ended their three-year terms of service.

Both Nancy and Jimmy have been involved in every aspect of NDBN’s growth, starting with help in crafting the mission and vision of NDBN, to the success we enjoy today. We look forward to their continued contributions to the diaper bank community.




Public School Isn’t Free, and Not Everyone Can Afford It

Posted on: August 27, 2015 by admin

joihn-galt-public-school-front The following column by National Diaper Bank Network Executive Director Joanne Goldblum originally appeared August 25, 2015 in the Impact What Works section of The Huffington Post.

If you have three children attending public school, you can expect to pay $3,000 for school supplies and extra-curricular activity fees in the coming year. That information comes courtesy of the Ohio-based Huntington Bank, which does an annual “Backpack Index” to track the hidden costs of going to school. That estimate was arrived at for a family with one child in each level of public school — elementary, middle and high school.

Parents can expect to pay $649 for elementary school children, a 1-percent increase compared to 2014; $941 for middle school children, a 2.5-percent jump compared to 2014; and $1,402 for high school students, a 9-percent increase compared to 2014.

Why so much? Technology and budget cuts. It’s not just about pens and protractors anymore. A high school student might need a graphing calculator to take some math courses. On top of that, school districts are providing fewer necessities, like pencils, composition books, and even things like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. The burden is falling on parents and frequently on teachers who dig into their own pockets to make sure students have what they need.