Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive
Going through an average of eight diapers per day, the cost of diapers can quickly become overwhelming for families facing food insecurity.
BARE BOTTOMS DIAPER DRIVE
Providing for your baby shouldn’t be a struggle.
Diapers are a critical part of every baby’s life, but they come with a high cost.
The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive was started in 2013 when passionate and dedicated volunteer Kristina Prins discovered that there was a connection between diaper insecurity and food insecurity. Kristina wanted to bring awareness to the Calgary community to ensure that families had access to much needed diapers, wipes, food and formula.
A baby uses an average of eight diapers a day, costing roughly $25 a week for diapers and wipes. For the over 10,000 families each year that receive diapers from the Calgary Food Bank, this is a huge help.
In 2020, over 270,420 diapers were distributed to 10,569 families experiencing diaper insecurity in Calgary. The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive, which runs throughout the year with a blitz fundraising month in May, ensures that we have the resources needed to make sure the youngest and most vulnerable in our community are taken care of.
11% of the Emergency Food Hampers distributed contain diapers, wipe, baby food and formula.
One Baby Hamper
contains 7 to 10 days
worth of diapers and wipes, and over a
weeks worth of baby food and formula.
What you need to know
Frequently Asked Questions
What is diaper insecurity?
Diaper insecurity is the struggle to provide babies and small children with clean diapers. Some families have to cut back on essentials, like food, utilities, medicine, and childcare in order to afford enough diapers for their children.
What are the effects of diaper insecurity?
In households experiencing diaper insecurity, babies may be kept in wet, dirty diapers for extended periods of time. In extreme cases, babies may wear the same diaper for more than a day or use diapers that have been cleaned or dried out. For parents, this adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting and has been found to increase the rates of post-partum depression in mothers. For the baby, this can result in diaper rash, discomfort, and other detrimental health issues. A baby’s emotional and physical health suffers when exposed to stressful environments for long periods of time.
How can I get involved with this campaign?
The easiest way to help is to spread the word and educate people about diaper insecurity. Let friends and family know how easy it is to donate to help babies and families in needing diapers. You can host your own diaper collection at work, schools, clubs or churches. Or ask guests to bring a diaper donation in lieu of gifts to parties. For more information, contact Tara Wenzel at 403-319-0829 or by email.
Does the Food Bank purchase diapers?
We rely on donations of diapers and designated fund donations towards diapers to fill the over 10,000 baby hampers distributed each year. Because it is a mandate that the Calgary Food Bank provides emergency food support, we do not use general fund donations to purchase diapers.
How do I get diapers for my baby?
Baby Hampers are part of the Emergency Food Hamper Program. Please call 403-253-2055 to request your emergency food hamper and ask our volunteers to include a baby hamper. You must call first as hamper distribution is by appointment only.