diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

NDBN Selects Jane Dennett for Champions for Change Honor and Says Goodbye

Posted on: June 17, 2014 by admin

National Diaper Bank Network is thrilled to announce the selection of Administrative Associate Jane Dennett for the Champions for Change honor.

Each and every day Jane educates, mentors and encourages individuals wanting to help address diaper need by hosting a diaper drive, starting a diaper bank or donating money. She also counsels, comforts and frequently cries, with moms, dads and family members experiencing diaper need. The stories of need are often wrenching.

Jane always goes above and beyond the expected to find ways to help. From her friendly Facebook posts, email responses or telephone demeanor, Jane’s presence makes a difference.

NDBN’s recognition of Jane for the Champions for Change is bittersweet. While certainly deserving, the honor is a fitting tribute to an original staff member who is moving on to new ventures.  Jane’s last day at NDBN will be June 20.  She is returning to the world of real estate.  However, Jane will remain active in the diaper bank community as she is a long-time volunteer and board member of The Diaper Bank of New Haven.

Please help us celebrate Jane’s tenure and involvement with NDBN, and if you’re so inclined, pop her a congratulatory email at Jane@diaperbanknetwork.org.

During her tenure at NDBN, Jane frequently mused that she wished she had a small personal fund that she could tap in order to provide “emergency diaper relief” to families living in areas not served by a diaper bank. We want to make Jane’s Fund a reality.

Please help us celebrate Jane’s commitment to NDBN by making a contribution to Jane’s Fund, an NDBN fundraiser hosted on CrowdRise.com. The fund will be administered by NDBN, under Jane’s guidance, with the purpose of providing emergency diaper relief in exceptional cases. The fund is a fitting tribute to an exceptional woman, our friend and colleague Jane.

Diaper Need to Be Featured at Poverty Conference

Posted on: June 17, 2014 by admin

NDBN Executive Director Joanne Goldblum and HappyBottoms Program Director Teresa Winfield have been invited to present at the Kansas Conference on Poverty slated for July 16 – 18.


Among the premier anti-poverty conferences in the Midwest, the national caliber event features advocates from leading human service, social justice, and economic development organizations from around the country, including the Tavis Smiley Foundation, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, the Half in Ten Campaign, the Western Center of Law and Poverty, and University of North Carolina’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, among others.

In their presentation, Joanne and Teresa will lead a discussion on how to integrate basic needs—such as diapers—into existing anti-poverty programs, and how to create effective, community-based diaper programs.

The Kansas Conference on Poverty is open to all individuals concerned with the impact poverty has on our economies, our communities, our classrooms, and our children. Registration information is available here.

Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie

Posted on: June 17, 2014 by admin

The popular adage “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” received an up-to-date twist recently following the theft of 13,000 diapers from the North Carolina Diaper Bank on June 1.

Following the discovery of the missing diapers, the organization’s Founder and Executive Director Michelle Old has experienced a roller coaster ride of emotions as well as a media firestorm and an outpouring of public generosity.

National Diaper Bank Network extended our support to Michelle immediately after she first tweeted about the unprecedented theft. We let her know she was not alone…the diaper bank community is with her.

News reports of the missing diapers spread quickly from the Michelle’s hometown in Durham, N.C. to points as far away as New Zealand! Michelle and her network of volunteers took to Facebook and Twitter to launch “Operation Re-Cover” to help replenish the diaper stock and keep babies clean and dry. Spurred on by the media coverage, individuals, organizations and major companies from around the country responded with tens of thousands of diapers, including 26,000 from NDBN founding sponsor Huggies.

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Michelle hopes that donors who were moved to help the families she serves, now better understand the pervasiveness of diaper need and will support and help sustain diaper banks in their own communities.

The unexpected odyssey enabled Michelle and the North Carolina Diaper Bank to turn one of life’s lemons into a metaphorical mile-high lemon meringue pie!

What Is Diaper Need

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.


  • Inform your elected officials
  • Increase awareness within your state & community
  • Promote opportunities for you to talk and help raise diapers & dollars
  • Champion change led by you, diaper bankers, and our supporters

Click here for a list of 2017 Proclamations


"I recently had a baby girl. She is 3 months old. I also have two other daughters 5 and 9. I raise them all on my own and have recently been diagnosed with a seizure disorder... I can only work part time light duty. Needless to say things have gotten extremely hard in the past 3 months. I really need some extra help in any way possible especially with diapers, wipes and clothes until I can get back on my feet. "


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