Community Diaper Distribution Program
GHEP, Inc., operates a free community diaper distribution program/pantry which provides free diapers to families in need in our community who are experiencing diaper need. Our free diaper distribution program addresses the needs of a teeming population of members of our community who are experiencing hardship in the form of diaper need. Diaper need simply means the struggle to provide babies with clean and dry diapers that are necessary for them to grow and thrive.
Why is Diaper Need a Problem?
Diaper need is a tremendous but seemingly unrecognized economic and public health problem facing millions of families in need in our communities. It is estimated that about 1 in 3 moms in the United States suffer from diaper need. In fact, diaper need is even more distressing to moms than not having enough food for their family. Women in families with diaper need report more difficulty with stress management, depression and coping with trauma than those in families who do not suffer diaper need. These mental health conditions consequently impact their children’s overall health and development.
Diapers are Expensive
Diapers are not cheap. Diapers are expensive—they can cost $100 or more a month. Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps or WIC because they are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as “disallowed purchases.” As a result, parents in need try to make do without or by stretching their supply by leaving babies in dirty diapers longer or by reusing used an unsanitary diapers. Diapers are a small thing but they can impact big things.
Diaper Needs in U.S. are Huge, but Largely Unmet
The need for diapers is tremendous—a healthy child will wear an average of 50 diapers a week. That’s approximately 2,600 diapers a year for each child. And with more than 46% of the nation’s children under age three living in poverty level or low-income families; there are approximately 5.9 million children who could use help with diapers. Diaper banks, through government social service agencies, make diapers available to families in need, but these meet only a fraction of the need. Moreover, many families in need of diapers are unable to engage with and/or obtain diapers from social services agencies. Thus, the need to distribute diapers to needy families within our communities in less threatening environment has never been more.
Negative Consequences of Diaper Need
Lack of diapers has tremendous economic and public health consequences for the babies, parents, and families in our communities. Here are but a few of the negative consequences of diaper need:
- Not having diapers means parents can’t leave their children with a childcare provider, most of which require parents to provide disposable diapers for their children. So parents can’t go to work to earn money.
- Not having diapers means a longer time between changes, which can lead to severe diaper rash and other health problems.
- Not having diapers means that babies who cry because their diaper is dirty will cry that much longer, increasing stress for parents struggling to make ends meet, and increasing the possibility of abuse.
- And not having diapers can adversely affect a mother’s feeling of self-worth as a mother, negatively impacting the mother-child bond.
Who Receives our Free Diapers?
Everyone in need is eligible to receive our free diapers. Our community diaper program distributes hundreds of diapers to individuals in need free of charge.
- We do not barter, sell or exchange our diapers;
- Diapers from our program cannot be sold or resold;
- We do not discriminate: all needy individuals in our communities receive free diapers regardless of their race, national origin, religion or gender; and
- Receipt of diapers are not conditioned on attending classes or program organized by us or any of our partner organizations.
Our community diaper distribution program is for residents in Prince George’s County. In addition to diapers, other baby care products may be available for distribution depending on availability.
We distribute free diapers at 2 community locations in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in Riverdale, and Lanham.
Our diaper distribution is free to all in need. No appointment is necessary. Just come on the scheduled day and time at your preferred location. Diapers are distributed as they become available, so please check the calendar frequently.
6220 Rhode Island Avenue (Riverdale Farmer’s Market & Riverdale Station)
Riverdale, MD 20737
This Generation Ministries
9470 Annapolis Road, Units 406-408
Lanham, MD 20706
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Our free diapers are distributed on 2 different days in our 2 locations in Riverdale and Lanham.
Click our CALENDAR on the right to view the dates/times for our next scheduled distribution days. If no day is scheduled, please check back again.
For your convenience, you can simply Sign-up and we will let you know (usually, one week ahead of time) of the next scheduled distribution days/times.
Support Us – How Can You Help?
Lending a helping hand to the needy is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our neighbors. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations to our community diaper program are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
There are 3 ways you can support our diaper program.
You can donate using our secure PayPal payment system. You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. Just use your email address.
You can donate clean and unused diapers.
Just tell us and we’ll arrange a convenient and hassle-free pick-up.
Click here to schedule a Diaper Pick-up
We need help. You can lend a helping hand. You can help us pack diapers or pick-up diapers from donors. You can help set up and welcome families on diaper distribution days. We thank you in advance for your willingness to help serve our communities.
Click here to let us know if you’d like to volunteer
Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the assistance of our colleagues at the National Diaper Bank Network for sharing their resources and data used on this page. We look forward to working with them in the future as our community diaper distribution project grows and thrives. We acknowledge the generous donations from Prince Georges Council Vice Chair Danielle Glaros (District 3), and Prince Georges County Council Member Deni Taveras (District 2) for their generous support of our community diaper distribution program.