Diapers are a multibillion-dollar global industry, but they can also be a concern for workforce development. The National Diaper Bank Network sums up the problem: “Without diapers—babies cannot participate in early childhood education. Without childcare—parents cannot go to work.”
A 90-plus pack of Pampers or Huggies costs roughly $25 retail; that cost adds up, considering infants go through up to 10 diapers a day. Needy families in Columbus have trouble meeting that expense, says Rachael Moore, a nonprofit administrative professional.
In early March, Moore and cofounder Judith Marsh, a partner in Vorys’ business law practice, launched the Columbus Diaper Bank (501(c) status pending) to get diapers to those in need.
The charity is modeled after nonprofits across the nation that work with diaper makers and solicit donations to provide the product for families. No social service programs cover diaper expenses, says Marsh. Since parents can’t send young children to daycare without a supply of diapers, the issue affects the employment prospects of parents in need.
“What I’ve found is that it’s a pretty big need and no one has heard of it,” says Marsh. The organization hopes to distribute 500,000 diapers in its first year and join the National Diaper Bank Network.