In many households, the expenses associated with raising a child are daunting, and this is especially true for the low income households into which 44% of DC children are born. One costly but necessary item is diapers, which are not covered by WIC or food stamps – and babies need from 10 to 12 diapers a day. For countless DC families, DC Diaper Bank is the answer to a critical need. Partnering with 16 social service organizations (including several CFP nonprofits), the Bank distributes 35,000 diapers each month to more than 1,000 families, thus alleviating one financial stress on new parents, preventing unnecessary infections, and providing for our community’s littlest members. Just as important, diapers are a "gateway resource" that can bring families into social service agencies that they would not otherwise seek out. DC Diaper Bank has a wait list of more than 25 social service organizations with whom it hopes to work. Your contribution helps our very youngest citizens – and their families.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Women/Girls

  • Diapers distributed monthly :   150,000
  • Families reached monthly :   4,000
  • Volunteer hours donated per month:   500

Awards & Recognition

Discovery Communications Creating Change Recipient 2011
Working Woman Award 2011
Give Back DC Recipient 2012
Discovery Communications Creating Change Recipient 2013
Stone Soup Films Partnership 2013
L'areal Women of Worth 2014
CNN Hero 2015


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for DC Diaper Bank is: Less than $500k

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