You can buy candy with food stamps — but diapers are classified with cigarettes, alcohol, and pet food as disallowed purchases.
Nashville Diaper Connection is growing a network of community support. We work with local organizations to plan and promote diaper drives similar to food drives for a food bank. Local businesses and individuals donate money, diapers, and time. We pick up and store diapers and work with our local community distribution partners to distribute to struggling families. By being intermediaries, we limit duplication of services, reduce administrative expenses, and work collaboratively to solve a basic human need at the community level. If clients need diapers, they often have other needs that are best addressed through our partner agencies dealing with the full continuum of care.
- East Nashville Cooperative Ministry: (615) 244-7312
- Family & Children Services: (615) 271-1765
- Martha O’Bryan Center: (615) 254-1791
- Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee: (615) 383-0994
- St. Luke’s Community House: (615) 350-7893
Why Disposable Diapers?
- The vast majority of daycare providers generally require parents to provide a daily supply of disposable diapers.
- Most commercial laundries and apartment laundry facilities prohibit washing dirty cloth diapers.
- Disposable diapers are a practical necessity in informal child care situations.
- According to the Sierra Club’s “Green Home,” reusable diapers washed separately at 140 degrees or higher and non-line drying of diapers has a 75% worse environmental impact than disposable diapers.
- The best kind of diapers are clean diapers! In the future, if there is a need for cloth diapers for families struggling with poverty, we will try to accommodate that need. For now, we are focusing on providing clean diapers to help families get out of the poverty cycle.