Slow and steady wins the race.
Locally we've been evaluating the best way to expand slow and steady. Currently, we have four amazing local partner agencies, and we've been able to meet their needs! We are working towards a pilot project on a larger scale in Oshkosh. At current time, there is no diaper bank (cloth, disposable, or hybrid) that serves the Oshkosh area. With one in three families struggling with diaper need, this is a problem! According to the U.S. Census, there are 876 children under the age of three, who live in a family whose income is at or below Federal Poverty Level.
Our local diaper model is similar to our global model. We can provide the choice of a complete kit of cloth diapers, to last from birth to potty training, or a 1-week supply of disposable diapers, distributed by our partner agencies once a month. At current time, about 10% of babies are diapered in cloth. With modern cloth, there is a learning curve and most people aren't familiar with modern cloth. We respect all diapering choices, and are willing to do a pilot project to see how this system will work out.
I'm excited to keep you informed as we continue to learn and grow! Our global diaper drops are busier than ever, I encourage you to see what we're up to in Haiti, Kenya, India, and beyond! We've also been really busy with Hurricane Relief projects in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Texas, and Florida. You can find all our projects here! (and there are a lot!).