In 2017, 1 out of every 12 Minnesotans received SNAP benefits to purchase allowable items such as bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products. Close to 70% of these individuals are families with children. And for many of them, their little ones are still in diapers.
Many parents know that diapers aren’t cheap. Infants can require up to 12 diapers each day, and toddlers around 8. On average, that’s an extra $70 – $80 per month. For families already financially struggling to meet their basic needs, diapers can be an expensive barrier.
Unfortunately, SNAP cannot be used to purchase items outside of food, like diapers and baby wipes. Moreover, there is currently no state or federal child safety-net program that designates funding specifically for the purchase of diapers, according to the National Diaper Bank Network.
Diapers are a true need for VEAP parents that visit our Food Pantry. Which is why we are always so thrilled to receive diaper donations from kind individuals, community partners, and faith-based organizations.
This month, a group of volunteers from three Lutheran churches stepped up to meet the need. Organizing a diaper drive within their congregations, House of Prayer, Woodlake Lutheran, and Oak Grove churches collected enough diaper boxes to create 478 diaper packages for VEAP parents. Each package contains 15 – 20 diapers each, all bundled by the volunteer group over the weekend so we can easily redistribute them to families in need during the week.
Diapers are invaluable to many of the moms and dads who come through our Food Pantry every day. All families deserve to make sure their young ones are clean, dry, and healthy. Thank you to House of Prayer, Woodlake Lutheran, and Oak Grove for meeting this critical need!
Are you interested in organizing a diaper drive with your organization or business? Connect with Courtney Flug, Volunteer Manager at 952.955.8325 to get started.