National Diaper Bank Network Study of

Diaper Insecurity, Health, and Economic Mobility in the U.S.

The first fully-funded, national research project undertaken to assess the economic and fiscal impacts of free diaper distribution to families in need.

Diapers Matter

When families receive diapers from community-based diaper banks and/or basic needs banks, more families are able to work or attend school, healthcare spending is reduced, and children are healthier, according to the comprehensive findings of the soon-to-be-released National Diaper Bank Network Study of Diaper Insecurity, Health, and Economic Mobility in the U.S.

Commissioned by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, the study assesses the economic and fiscal impacts of free diaper distribution to families in need. More than 65 NDBN-member diaper banks and basic needs banks throughout the country participated in the breakthrough research which is expected to impact national, state, and local public health policies and legislation.

The full study is expected to be released in 2024.  Preliminary state data, collected by participating diaper banks, is available below.

For more information on the National Diaper Bank Network Study of Diaper Insecurity, Health, and Economic Mobility in the U.S., contact [email protected].

Lead Researchers

Kelley E.C. Massengale, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator

Lynn Comer, MS, Co-Investigator

Major Funding

Seedlings Foundation

Diaper Need and Its Impact

State Fact Sheets

All NDBN-member diaper banks and basic needs banks were invited to participate in the National Diaper Bank Network Study of Diaper Insecurity, Health, and Economic Mobility in the U.S. Sixty-five (65) NDBN members chose to participate in the data collection. The following State Fact Sheets reflect the findings of the respective states for which statistically relevant sample sizes were collected and analysed as part of the study. Not all states are represented. 

Alabama

California

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Maryland

Missouri

Nebraska

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Participating NDBN Members

National Diaper Bank Network extends its gratitude to the following member diaper banks and basic needs banks whose active participation in the study made this research possible.

 

Alabama

 

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Iowa

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

Nebraska

Nevada

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

    Oklahoma

    Pennsylvania

    South Carolina

    South Dakota

    Tennessee

    Texas

    Washington

    Wyoming