THE UNITED WAY OF HAMPSHIRE COUNTY’s ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE IS HERE
AUG. 1-30, 2019
The following community partners are collection sites: GoBerry Amherst, Encharter Insurance, Greenfield Savings Bank (Amherst branches), Jones Group Realtors, Jones Library, Munson Memorial Library, M. N. Spear Memorial Library, TD Bank (Amherst), and The Toy Box. You can donate diapers to the Amherst Survival Center at any of these participating locations. You can find a full list of drop-off locations for the diaper drive here.
HOW MANY DIAPERS DO WE DISTRIBUTE?
The Amherst Survival Center launched the first diaper drive in Hampshire County in early 2015. In that first drive, the community donated over 54,000 diapers and helped to start the Center’s diaper distribution. Since then, we’ve distributed diapers through the Food Pantry to every household that has a young child, thanks to the community’s financial support. Last year, we distributed 83,680 diapers to 1,079 children, and we’re on track to distribute the same number if not more this year.
WHAT IS DIAPER NEED?
Diaper need is the struggle to provide babies and toddlers with an essential need – diapers. Some families face having to clean out and reuse soiled diapers or have to choose between diapers and other basic needs like food. In our community, families struggle with diaper need every day and the painful decisions and trade-offs about how to afford diapers vs. rent, diapers vs. food, diapers vs. the electric bill.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1) You can donate diapers at one of the local collection sites and thank them for being a diaper drive partner! And remember, donations of diapers are always welcome at the Center. Sizes 4,5,6 are always in big demand.
2) You can make a financial donation toward the purchase of diapers on our website. Please note that your donation is for diapers. You can also send a check to the Amherst Survival Center, PO Box 9629, North Amherst, MA 01059.
3) You can donate diapers through our wishlist on Amazon.
Thank you for participating in this year’s Diaper Drive and for helping us wipe out diaper need in our community.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW THE AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER HAS ADDRESSED DIAPER NEED
Since holding its first community-wide diaper drive in early 2015, the Amherst Survival Center has included diapers in its monthly Pantry distribution and has been a leader in the effort to address diaper need in the region. In June 2016, the Amherst Survival Center announced that as a result of the efforts of The Honorable Ellen Story, State Representative, the Center received a state grant of $10,000 to support its diaper distribution program for families who use its Food Pantry.
We support a bill that was introduced by Rep. Mindy Domb, H 107: An act establishing a diaper benefits pilot program. This bill would establish a pilot program at the Department of Public Health to distribute funds through a competitive process to organizations that provide diapers to low-income families with diaper-wearing children. These funds are critical to small organizations like the Amherst Survival Center.