For Immediate Release: March 7, 2018
Vermont Department of Health
Northeast Kingdom Diaper Bank “A Change for the Better”
Community Diaper Drive will be held March 12 to 17
ST. JOHNSBURY – The Vermont Department of Health’s St. Johnsbury office and local community partners have teamed up to create a Diaper Bank for area families and, to help stock it up, are asking people to donate supplies to a “Diaper Drive” being held next week.
The new Diaper Bank will serve as a place where diapers and incontinence supplies can be provided at no cost to individuals and families with limited income. The products will be appropriate for the needs of people of all ages.
St. Johnsbury Health Office Director Debra Bach said the Diaper Bank will meet an often hidden but important need in the community. “People may not realize that diapers are not only an essential product, they can be expensive – costing upwards of 80 dollars a month,” said Bach. “For people on a limited income, the challenge of being able to afford must-have personal care items like these can be a struggle.”
According to a 2013 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, not having enough diapers is a risk factor for poor infant and child health, as well as maternal mental health. “Diapers cannot be purchased with WIC or 3Squares benefits,” explained Bach. “When parents and others struggle to afford diapers, they make hard financial choices, often cutting back on preventative and other health care.” Bach said that for older Vermonters, the inability to afford sanitary supplies may also lead to social isolation that results from being self-conscious about poor hygiene, contributing to their health risk.
The community Diaper Drive will be held March 12 to 17. All sizes for infants and adults are needed. Diapers and diapering supplies should be unused; open packages will be accepted. Donations can be brought to collection boxes at several area agencies and businesses.
Look for the decorated donation boxes at HOPE in Lyndonville, Umbrella, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Gauthiers Pharmacy, The White Market, Kinney Drugs in St. Johnsbury and the Department of Health St. Johnsbury Office. Donations will also be accepted at Dabble Day, an event held for children at the St. Johnsbury School on March 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For questions regarding the program or a donation, please contact Beth at 802-751-0175.
To contact the St. Johnsbury Local Health Office, visit healthvermont.gov/local/st-johnsbury
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