The Diaper Bank closed in 2009. The RI Community Food Bank has agreed to continue the diaper drive concept in the form of the Mother’s Day Diaper Drive throughout the month of May.
Diapers and adult incontinence products, like food, shelter, and health care, are a basic need. They are, however, expensive and unfortunately they cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC assistance. There has been no steady source of free disposable diapers available to those in need in Rhode Island–leaving children from poor and low-income families at risk of spending hours in soiled diapers, which can lead to rashes and worse.
Fortunately the Rhode Island Diaper Bank (RIDB) was formed in 2006 by a group of mothers concerned about the welfare of Rhode Island’s young children and elderly. Through the partnerships they established with aid organizations such as food banks and social service agencies, the Rhode Island Diaper Bank distributes diapers and adult incontinence products to children, and disabled and elderly residents throughout the state.
The Rhode Island Diaper Bank accepts donations of money or unused packaged disposable diapers (no cloth diapers). They also purchase new diapers with donated funds and distribute the diapers to local agenices that in turn pass them on to families in need. Please contact the RIDB if you are interested in making a donation.