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Story: Idaho woman created the Idaho Diaper Bank in response to an often-overlooked need

Diapers are expensive. When people can’t them, there’s a ripple effect. Families cannot leave their children in day care. Older adults who need them can become secluded.

Shawna Walz recognized this need and founded a nonprofit to meet it. The Idaho Diaper Bank provides diapers to any Idahoan of any age who needs them.

The bank is volunteer-run with a small budget, but it is having great impact because of its connections and expertise.

In 2015, the diaper bank received grants that helped it expand into rural Idaho, where low-income families lack access to Costco, Walmart or other large stores that sell diapers at discounts. The bank works with 40 partner agencies, including homeless shelters and food pantries, to distribute diapers. It has a warehouse in Meridian and has begun working with manufacturers to ship diapers directly to rural areas.

Walz, the executive director, answered questions. She worked for 12 years at Nike in senior positions before found

By Anna Webb

Diapers are expensive. When people can’t them, there’s a ripple effect. Families cannot leave their children in day care. Older adults who need them can become secluded.

Shawna Walz recognized this need and founded a nonprofit to meet it. The Idaho Diaper Bank provides diapers to any Idahoan of any age who needs them.

The bank is volunteer-run with a small budget, but it is having great impact because of its connections and expertise.

In 2015, the diaper bank received grants that helped it expand into rural Idaho, where low-income families lack access to Costco, Walmart or other large stores that sell diapers at discounts. The bank works with 40 partner agencies, including homeless shelters and food pantries, to distribute diapers. It has a warehouse in Meridian and has begun working with manufacturers to ship diapers directly to rural areas.

Walz, the executive director, answered questions. She worked for 12 years at Nike in senior positions before founding the diaper bank.

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Photo Credit: The Idaho Statesman

Posted by idahodiaperbank@gmail.com at 11/23/2016 6:49:00 PM
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