National Diaper Bank Network 2020 Annual Report
2020 gave rise to real opportunities for new forms of impact.
The Alliance for Period Supplies spearheaded the inaugural Period Poverty Awareness Week. The week included a formal resolution sponsored by US Rep. Grace Meng of New York. Her resolution recognized the contributions of individuals and period supply banks in local communities, prior to and in response to the COVID–19 pandemic, as well as the generosity of the people of the United States for supporting those struggling with period poverty by donating menstrual products.
Similarly, NDBN worked closely with US Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Chris Murphy of Connecticut on the first bipartisan funding request for diaper relief. The request was for $200 million to be included in a coronavirus rescue package to support diaper distribution programs and families struggling with diaper need resulting from lost jobs and lost income due to the pandemic. While the issue of diaper need was elevated on Capitol Hill, the Senate failed to pass any additional rescue packages to help US families access material basic necessities.
NDBN will continue to demand that Congress fund programs that end diaper need and period poverty in the US.
US Sen. Joni Ernst joined Hiney Heroes Diaper Bank for a drive-through diaper distribution event in Davenport, Iowa in September.