St. Louis County Library (SLCL) is partnering with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank to provide families in need with a supply of diapers each month at five library branches. Starting in September, families can pick up a supply of appropriately sized diapers or training pants for children ages 3 and under. In addition, SLCL will host a diaper drive at all 20 branches throughout September, culminating in Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 27-October 3, 2021. The Diaper Bank is planning a series of special events for the week, learn more at www.stldiaperbank.org/fill-the-warehouse.
St. Louis County Library Diaper Distribution Sites:
Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd., S., Florissant, MO 63031
Grand Glaize Branch, 1010 Meramec Station Rd., Manchester, MO 63021
Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136
Natural Bridge Branch, 7606 Natural Bridge Rd. St. Louis, MO 63121
Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123
Statistics show that parents in St. Louis routinely struggle to afford the $1,200/year it takes to buy diapers. As a result, many parents try to “stretch” diapers by lining them with newspaper, repairing them with duct tape, scraping them “clean,” or simply leaving a soiled diaper on a child for too long.
County Libraries are a destination for area families who enjoy checking out books and visiting the new and renovated children’s spaces. Providing diapers to families at the library is a convenient way for caregivers to keep their babies clean and healthy and to learn about other library resources.
Kristen Sorth, Director of the St. Louis County Library, said, “We are thrilled to continue working with the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. We partnered before and especially during the pandemic to support families in our region who experience diaper insecurity. This expanded partnership will extend our reach in St. Louis County and will provide families with additional options for regular diaper assistance.”
Muriel Smith, Executive Director of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank & Alliance for Period Supplies, said “Our partnership with the St. Louis County Library helps strengthen both families and our community. We are excited to expand access to diapers to more families in St. Louis County.”
SLCL and the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank first teamed up in 2019 to provide emergency diapers at two library locations. The partnership expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic, when four branches provided emergency curbside diapers. In September 2021, a fifth library location was added, and individuals can pick up a monthly supply of diapers. Period supplies are also available at five library branches through the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies, an initiative of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank.
The Diaper Bank will present the 2021 Champions of Change award to SLCL at their annual gala on October 22 for the Library’s outstanding work during the COVID19 crisis in 2020 and beyond.
The mission of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank is to provide diapers and period products to economically disadvantaged families and raise awareness about the causes and consequences of the material shortage of poverty. The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank distributes products through a network of 55+ of the region’s most respected health care, educational and non-profit organizations working to strengthen and stabilize economically disadvantaged families. Learn more by visiting www.stldiaperbank.org/
To learn more about the diaper distribution partnership between the St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, please contact Jennifer McBride, SLCL Communications Manager at email@example.com or 314-994-3300 ext. 2250.