We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing diapers to families in need.We are one of only two diaper banks servicing the state of Tennessee.We have donated over 500,000 diapers to 5,000 families in need since 2014.
Healthy infants need 10-12 diapers every day, while toddlers use 6-8 training pants. That’s a lot! Lack of clean diapers disproportionately affects single parent households and low-income families. Memphis’s overall poverty rate of 28.3% and child poverty rate of 44.3% mean that many local families struggle to diaper their babies.
Federal programs such as WIC and SNAP (Food Stamps) do not provide funding for diapers. Limited access to diapers can cost families important opportunities. Licensed daycare providers often require parents to supply diapers. With an adequate supply of diapers costing over $150 per child per month, childcare’s cost can quickly become prohibitive, preventing parents from attending work or school.
Because babies cry more when wearing wet or soiled diapers, lack of access to clean diapers can greatly increase their risk of suffering abuse. You can help.
25% of families struggle to provide basic needs for their children. Formula is the second most requested item.
Infant formula provides babies the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. When mothers are unable to breastfeed, they must use formula, which can be both expensive and time-consuming to prepare. While powdered formula is the least expensive, it takes longer to prepare. Quicker to prepare concentrated formula is more costly, while ready-to-feed formula is the most expensive. Specialty formulas, such as hypoallergenic and soy-based options can cost much more than standard versions. During their first year, a baby’s formula needs can easily cost a family $1,500 or more.Since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the need for formula has doubled. Help us help others.
25% of women struggle to buy period products due to lack of income
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry is now a proud member of the Alliance for Period Supplies, sponsored by U by Kotex. With this new initiative, 901 Period, Sweet Cheeks seeks to ensure that all individuals have access to essential period products, enabling them to participate fully in daily life.Period Poverty
Lack of access to period supplies can lead to health issues and lost opportunities for women. These issues especially impact low-income women: 1 in 5 reports missing work, school, or similar events due to lack of period supplies. Lack of period supplies can result in overstretching product use or using inadequate substitutes, leading to an increased risk of infection.
An overwhelming 88% of women agree that period products are a basic necessity. However, only 4% of women are aware of any local resource where free or reduced cost period products are available. State and federal safety net program funds cannot be used to purchase period supplies. Through 901 Period, you can help. Host a Period Party, check out our Period Party Toolkit.