A diaper bank can provide free diapers and often other essentials like formula to low income families. If you’re struggling to provide for your baby’s basic needs, it’s important to know how to find one near you.
In this article, we’ll discuss what a diaper bank is, some of the best options we’ve found, and how to find the ones closest to you.
Diaper Banks 101
If you’re not used to getting assistance from a diaper bank, it’s natural to have some questions. In this section, we’ll address some basic information about these incredible community resources.
What is a diaper bank?
A diaper bank is like a food bank. Food banks provide free food to low income families. Diaper banks provide free diapers to low income families, too.
In some cases, these organizations may also offer assistance with other needs like formula, baby food, and other essentials. After all, they exist to help struggling families provide for their little ones.
Is there a National Diaper Bank Network?
Yes, the National Diaper Bank Network is a non-profit that seeks to solve the need for free diapers throughout the United States. They help support community diaper programs, raise awareness of the need, and lobby for government assistance at the state and federal level.
Specifically, the NDBN advocates for governments to end the diaper tax, provide free diapers to low income families, provide a monthly stipend to families purchasing diapers, and/or fund affordable community programs.
According to the NDBN, nearly 1 in 3 families in the United States struggle to afford diapers for their children.
How can I find a diaper bank near me?
We’ve found them all over the United States, so there’s probably a diaper bank near you. We’ve organized our list into nationwide and local organizations for your convenience. Please check both lists so that you know your options.
Nationwide Diaper Banks
There are many nationwide organizations that assist with diapers in some capacity. If you need help with diapers, try these resources first.
Although their offerings vary by state, many Catholic Charities locations will assist with diapers and other emergency needs. For example, Catholic Charities of Idaho offers a program that can provide diapers, pull-ups and even potty chairs for low income families who need assistance (as described below).
Please note that not all Catholic Charities offer the same services. You’ll need to contact your local organization for details to see if they offer diaper banks in your area.
We have been able to confirm that diapers are or have been offered by Catholic Charities locations in:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
Community Action Agencies
Many Community Action Agencies can supply diapers or at least connect you with another agency that can give you some. For example, Community Action Inc. offers a diaper bank near Topeka, Kansas.
The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) is recognized as one of the oldest and largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world. Many Junior Leagues chapters offer a diaper bank, among other resources that can help low income families in their area. Their objectives are to identify problems and find solutions, including solutions for children who need help.
You can find your local Junior League using the map on their website.
National Diaper Bank Network
As we already mentioned, the National Diaper Bank Network is a nationwide advocacy group that exists to help raise awareness and coordinate assistance for low income families who need help with diapers. However, it’s important to note that not all of the diaper banks in America are registered members of the NDBN so using their search tool will not return every option in every area.
That being said, the Network includes more than 225 community banks across the United States. Using their member directory is a great place to start if you’re looking for nearby diaper banks!
In many areas, the Salvation Army may also assist with diaper needs. These programs vary by location. For example, the Salvation Army of Loudon County, Virginia, provides 100 diapers per visit per child and each family can receive assistance once every four weeks.
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul is another nationwide organization that may offer a diaper bank near you. For example, the Inland Northwest Diaper Bank is run by the local St. Vincent de Paul organization.
If you need assistance, it’s always worth contacting your local St. Vincent de Paul chapter to see if they can assist you.
The United Way operates the 211 Network, which maintains lists of resources for every local area. If you need help finding a diaper bank near you, you can call your local 211 service to see if they are aware of any assistance programs in your area that can help.
Of course, there’s always a need for local organizations as well. I’ll continue updating this list with diaper banks as I find them.
In addition to the resources listed here, there are a few tried-and-true resources that may be able to assist you.
Ask your local food bank.
Most food banks are local charities that are not affiliated with a nationwide network. However, many food banks also supply diapers when donations allow. If you need assistance, please contact your local food bank to evaluate your options.
Churches may offer diapers, too.
Some Churches operate diaper banks. For example, Bundle of Blessings in Birmingham, Alabama, is run by the Magnolia Church. Not all Churches offer this service, but many do.
Pregnancy Resource Centers can usually help.
If you have a pregnancy resource center in your area, they may be able to help as well. When I was pregnant with my oldest, our local PRC helped us with clothes, diapers and other essentials through their “Learn and Earn” program. It’s always worth asking if they know where you can get hep!
School Districts may be able to point you in the right direction.
Many schools have social workers on staff that can help you connect with resources in your local community. If you need assistance and don’t know where else to go, it’s always worth reaching out to your local school district for leads.
There are many diaper banks in Alabama, including:
- Bottoms Up Diapers (Green & Tuscaloosa Counties)
- Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank (Birmingham)
- Committee on Church Cooperation (Morgan County)
- Express-o Of Love (Montgomery)
- Food Bank of North Alabama (North Alabama)
- Junior League of Birmingham (Birmingham)
- Magnolia Church Bundle of Blessings (Florence)
Alaska has diaper banks, too!
- Alaska Diaper Bank Coalition
- Community Diaper Pantry by Anchorage Adoption Services (Anchorage)
- RuRAL CAP
Check out these resources in Arizona!
Check out these helps!
We’ve found options in Florida as well!
Catholic Charities of Idaho Diaper Program (Boise)
Catholic Charities of Idaho can assist with diapers, pull-ups and even potty chairs! Eligible families can get assistance once per month. Diapers are available to children between birth and 3 years old and Pull-Ups are available to children ages 2-5 years old.
Parents must provide a valid ID and some form of identification for each of their children (such as a birth certificate or immunization record). Distribution happens at their location in Boise on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Heartline (Woodford County)
Heartline can provide financial assistance with rent, utilities, food, diapers, clothing, household or hygiene products, medications, gas and transportation needs. However, you will have to work one-on-one with a Program Manager in order to receive assistance from this program.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Plymouth)
As of the time of this update, their Non-Food Pantry is open once per week in the evenings. It is a volunteer service. Each client can bring five items home every month.
Community Action Inc. (Topeka)
Community Action Inc. is a community action organization in Topeka, Kansas, that assists with diapers. They distribute over 10,000 diapers per month to low income families in need.
CAReS (Boyd County)
This organization can provide emergency assistance with diapers, formula, rent, utilities and other crisis needs. The organization is based in Ashland and serves residents of Boyd County.
The Diaper Alliance (Saginaw, Bay, Clare, Midland and Isabella County)
The Diaper Alliance provides diapers free diapers to non-profit agencies throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. You can’t receive diapers directly through them, but you can receive diapers from one of their dozens of partner agencies. They are listed by county on the Diaper Alliance website.
Please note that The Diaper Alliance has a zero-tolerance policy for fraud. If you sell diapers anywhere online, they will put you on the list of people who cannot receive diapers from any of their partner agencies. Don’t sell diapers that you get for free!
Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank (Detroit)
The Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank provides diapers for children under the age of three. You can request them using this online form. You can only receive diapers from one location once per month. If you try to receive diapers from multiple locations in a single month, you will not be able to receive diapers in the future.
If your child is over the age of three, you will need to call their number and leave a detailed message to request diapers.
Southwest Mississippi Diaper Bank of the MISS-LOU
The Southwest Mississippi Diaper Bank provides many services to the local community, including free diapers for children up to age 5, older disabled children and adults with incontinence. Each client receives a two-week supply of diapers. They also provide free period products.
Hunterdon Hygiene Connection (Hunterdon County)
Hunterdon Hygiene Connection provides baby diapers, period products and adult incontinence supplies. The items are distributed through local food banks including Delaware Valley Food Pantry in Lambertville, Flemington Area Food Pantry in Flemington, Fisherman’s Mark in Lambertville, and Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Clinton.
ICNA Relief (Newark & Somerset)
ICNA Relief operates a diaper bank with free baby diapers and baby formula. Their specialty pantry also includes hygiene supplies, soap, toothpaste, fresh produce, cleaning supplies and more.
Modestly Cover Diaper Bank (Essex County)
Baby diapers and adult incontinence supplies are provided by Modestly Cover Diaper Bank during their monthly distribution schedule. Visit their website for details.
Morris Diaper Bank (Morris County)
The Morris Diaper Bank distributes diapers through their network of partnered non-profits. You’ll need to contact one of their partners to receive assistance. Their diaper bank partners include:
- Birthright of Dover
- Children on the Green
- Homeless Solutions
- Family Promise of Morris County
- Morris/Sussex/Warren Unemployment & Training Services
- NORWESCAP Early Head Start Program
- Street Smart Outreach Program
- The Salvation Army Dover Corps
- John Corr Family Resources
- Zufall heatlh Center
- Jersey Battered Women’s Services
- Morris County’s Hope Hub
- Morris County’s Shared Service Alliance
Things of My Very Own
This organization helps children whose lives have been impacted by Child Protective Services. Non-abusive parents may be able to receive assistance to get things they need to avoid an unnecessary separation with their children. This organization also ensures that children transitioning into foster care have everything they need.
Typical packages include clothing, outerwear, underwear, bedding, mattresses, food, medical supplies, school supplies and any hygiene products that may be needed (such as diapers, shampoo or deodorant).
Diaper Bank of North Carolina
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina distributes diapers, adult incontinence supplies and more through their network of providers. They also offer cloth diapers and potty training classes!
In order to get assistance, you will need to visit their website to find the branch or community partner nearest you.
FISH of Albany
FISH of Albany provides infant diapers and wipes, infant formula, baby food, and other essentials when donations allow!
PDX Diaper Bank
The PDX Diaper Bank serves low income people in Portland and the surrounding area. They distribute disposable diapers and wipes to their network of non-profit and government agencies. In order to receive assistance, you will need to contact one of these agencies:
- African Family Holistic Health Organization (AFHHO)
- Beaverton Police Department
- Black Parent Initiative
- Catholic Charities
- Clackamas County Children’s Commission
- Clackamas Service Center
- Dollar for Portland
- Hacienda Community Development Corp
- Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
- Job Corps DESI
- Job Corps PIVOT
- Mother & Child Education Center
- Multnomah Education Service District
- NARA Northwest
- Northwest Housing Alternatives
- Portland HOmeless Family Solutions
- Raphael House of Portland
- Rose Haven
- Salem Cloth Project
- Self Enhancement Inc.
- SnowCap Community Charities
- The Rosewood Intiative
- Teen Parent Services (Portland Public Schools)
- Volunteers of America Family Relief Nursery
If you would like to receive cloth diapers instead, you will need to contact the PDX Diaper Bank directly for more information about their monthly cloth diaper workshops.
Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank
The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank offers assistance with baby diapers. They distribute the items to local partner agencies that can distribute them to you. In order to receive assistance, you’ll need to contact one of their partner agencies, which include:
- Action Wellness
- African and Middle Eastern center for Health & Development
- Alexander K McClure School
- Alpha Genesis at Christ Baptist
- Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marche (APM)
- Benjamin Franklin High School
- Breaking Bread on Broad
- Carver Engineering and Science
- Casa Del Carmen
- Casa Del Pueblo Ministry at Lehman Memorial
- Catholic Social Services
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Family Care Center
- Children’s Playhouse
- Chinese Christian herald Crusades
- Church of St. William
- Cribs for Kids: Maternity Care Coalition
- Family Promise of the Main Line
- Family Service Association of Bucks County
- Feast of Justice
- Gloria Casarez Elementary School
- Guiding Star Ministries
- Jewish Relief Agency
- John Marshall School
- Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School
- Kensington Health Sciences Academy
- Kensington High School
- Martha’s Choice Marketplace
- Maternity Care Coalition
- Mighty Writers
- National Nurse-Led Care Consortium
- Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation
- Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
- Parish Church of St. Christopher
- Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network
- Picket Campus – Mastery Charter School
- Prevention Point
- Puentes De Salud
- Randolph Technical High School
- Schuylkill Food Network
- Simon Gratz High School
- St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
- St. Joan of Arc
- St. Thomas Aquinas
- Turning Points for Children
- Urban Creators
- Young Life
- Zion Lutheran
Mitzvah Circle (Montgomery County, Pottstown and Phoenixville)
Mitzvah Circle (Montgomery County, Pottstown and Phoenixville)
Mitzvah Circle has a diaper bank that serves the local community. They gave away nearly three million diapers in 2021 alone! They can also assist with clothing, soap, wipes, pads, tampons, school supplies and other basic necessities.
You can receive assistance from Mitzvah Circle once every three months.
Bare Necessities Diaper Bank
Bare Necessities Diaper Bank serves the mid-south area with diapers, period supplies and adult incontinence products. It appears that the diaper bank is currently hosted at The Help Group at Christ Church in Bartlett.
Austin Diaper Bank
Austin Diaper Bank provides diapers, wipes and more to 35 local agencies. The diapers are between newborn size and size 6. In order to get these diapers, though, you’ll need to contact one of their partner agencies for assistance.
Texas Diaper Bank
The Texas Diaper Bank provides diapers, parenting classes, and other supportive services to low income families in the following counties:
- Atascosa County
- Bandera County
- Bexar County
- Dewitt County
- Dimmit County
- Frio County
- Gillespie County
- Guadalupe County
- Hays County
- Kendall County
- Kerr County
- La Salle County
- Maverick County
- Medina County
- Tom Green County
- Uvalde County
- Webb County
- Wilson County
Utah Diaper Bank (Provo)
The Utah Diaper Bank shipped over 900,000 diapers in 2021. They distribute an average of 75,000 diapers per month. However, the Utah Diaper Bank ships these diapers to food banks around the state instead of giving them directly to people in need. If you want to receive assistance from this organization, you’ll need to visit one of their community partners.
Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank
The Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank does not provide diapers directly to the public. In order to receive assistance, you will need to reach out to one of their partner agencies.
Not all organizations are open every day, so GHRDB recommends calling around to different agencies when you need assistance.
Salvation Army (Loudon County)
The Salvation Army of Loudon County, Virginia, operates a diaper bank near Leesburg. Eligible families can receive up to 100 diapers per child per visit, and each family can receive assistance once every four weeks.
In order to receive assistance from this organization, you’ll need to fill out their application form. You cannot pick up any diapers until the week after you complete the form, so don’t wait!
Northern Virginia Diaper Bank
The Northern Virginia Diaper Bank focuses on assisting families who need diapers and pull-ups for their children. However, they do not provide any diapers directly to the public. Instead, you will need to contact one of their partner agencies, including:
- Birthright of Loudon
- Inmed Partnership for Children
- FACETS Cares
- Grace Ministries of Sterling, United Methodist Church
- Good Shepherd Alliance
- Loudon Cares
- Cornerstones Inc.
Inland Northwest Diaper Bank (Spokane)
The INDB provides about 100,000 diapers per month to agencies that rely on them. These programs include school programs, head start, tribal head start, and more. In order to receive assistance through this program, you’ll need to work with one of their partner programs including:
- Caritas Center
- Catholic Charities
- Children’s Home Society of WA
- Mission Community Outreach Center
- New Horizon Care Center
- Our Place Community Ministries
- Prepares Program
- Spokane Young Lives
- St. Margaret’s Shelter Program
- Participating School Districts & Head Start Programs
Thurston County Food Bank
The Thurston County Food Bank in Olympia provides diapers when they are available. They also offer incontinence and menstrual supplies, Starbucks (when available), cleaning and personal products and birthday bags for children age 12 and under! The birthday bags include a cake mix and frosting, small gifts, books and party favors. They also have newborn baby bags for new and expecting parents.
Tri-Cities Diaper Bank
The Tri-Cities Diaper Bank in Pasco provides diapers to local agencies, which then provide those diapers to people in need. If you need assistance with diapers, you can contact the Tri-Cities Diaper Bank for a referral or contact one of their providers from this list.
We’ve been asked a lot of questions about diaper banks and low income diaper assistance. In this section, we’ll address the most common questions. If you don’t see your question answered here, please let us know in the comments!
Can I get free diapers through Medicaid?
Unfortunately, you usually cannot get free diapers through Medicaid. Medicaid only pays for diapers when they are required for specific medical treatment. Medicaid will not pay for regular-use diapers for healthy children who don’t need them due to a specific diagnosis.
Can I get free diapers through insurance?
Not usually. Most insurance companies will only cover diaper costs when the diapers are required due to a specific medical diagnosis. In most cases, healthy children cannot get diapers through insurance.
Why do low income families need free diapers?
Many childcare facilities will not allow cloth diapers, so low income families must provide disposable diapers in order to use free or subsidized child care services. If they can’t afford the diapers, they can’t get childcare, which can make it more difficult to work or take care of their families.