KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There is a big push for donated diapers in the metro for families in need this week, because September 28th to October 4th is National Diaper Need Awareness Week.
“There are over 21,000 children in the Kansas City metro whose families would qualify for diapers from Happy Bottoms and that is due to low income and their inability to purchase a consistent supply,” said Jeana Van Sickle of Happy-Bottoms, Kansas City’s diaper bank.
This week the Kansas City Public Library will serve as a drop-off site for donated diapers. New diapers can be taken to the Central Library at 10th and Main, or the Plaza branch at 4801 Main Street.
Happy-Bottoms says often times families in need find themselves having to choose between food, gas and diapers, but the need for diapers can sometimes be more dire than food due to accessibility.
“What we’ve found through study is that diaper need actually ranks higher than food insecurity, and that’s not because food isn’t important, it’s just that food is easier to access with food stamps and food banks but diapers are really hard to get, and they’re very expensive,” said Van Sickle.
Happy-Bottoms will take those diapers and distribute them to parents in need. They are particularly in need of training pants and size five and six diapers.