Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive
Our friends at 90.3 AMP FM radio are stepping up to help with our Diaper Drive AND they’re doing so much more! From now through Friday, June 3, 2022, they are asking their listeners to come together and gather supplies for our youngest clients. In addition to diapers, the baby bags contain wipes, formula and baby food. Check out their website to see how to get involved: Katie & Ed’s Baby Bags | 90.3 AMP Radio (ampcalgary.com)
Drop Off Locations
Main Warehouse 5000 11 Street SE (Door 7)
Mon. to Thurs. 8:00 am — 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 8:00 am — 3:00 pm
7699 110 Ave NW
Monday to Saturday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
34 Heritage Meadows RD SE
Monday to Saturday 8:00 am — 6:00 pm
Providing for your baby shouldn’t be a struggle.
Diapers are a critical part of every baby’s life, but they come with a high cost.
The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive was started in 2013 when passionate and dedicated volunteer Kristina Prins discovered that there was a connection between diaper insecurity and food insecurity. Kristina wanted to bring awareness to the Calgary community to ensure that families had access to much needed diapers, wipes, food and formula.
A baby uses an average of eight diapers a day, costing roughly $25 a week for diapers and wipes. For the over 10,000 families each year that receive diapers from the Calgary Food Bank, this is a huge help.
In 2021, over 394,000 diapers were distributed to 12,816 families experiencing diaper insecurity in Calgary. The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive, which runs throughout the year with a blitz fundraising month in May, ensures that we have the resources needed to make sure the youngest and most vulnerable in our community are taken care of.
15% of clients are under 36 months old
One Baby Hamper
contains 7 to 10 days
worth of diapers and wipes, and over a
weeks worth of baby food and formula.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is diaper insecurity?
Diaper insecurity is the struggle to provide babies and small children with clean diapers. Some families have to cut back on essentials, like food, utilities, medicine, and childcare in order to afford enough diapers for their children.
What are the effects of diaper insecurity?
In households experiencing diaper insecurity, babies may be kept in wet, dirty diapers for extended periods of time. In extreme cases, babies may wear the same diaper for more than a day or use diapers that have been cleaned or dried out. For parents, this adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting and has been found to increase the rates of post-partum depression in mothers. For the baby, this can result in diaper rash, discomfort, and other detrimental health issues. A baby’s emotional and physical health suffers when exposed to stressful environments for long periods of time.
How can I get involved with this campaign?
The easiest way to help is to spread the word and educate people about diaper insecurity. Let friends and family know how easy it is to donate to help babies and families in needing diapers. You can host your own diaper collection at work, schools, clubs or churches. Or ask guests to bring a diaper donation in lieu of gifts to parties. For more information, contact Morissa Villeneuve at 403-620-4124 or by email.
Does the Food Bank purchase diapers?
We rely on donations of diapers and designated fund donations towards diapers to fill the over 10,000 baby hampers distributed each year. Because it is a mandate that the Calgary Food Bank provides emergency food support, we do not use general fund donations to purchase diapers.
How do I get diapers for my baby?
Baby Hampers are part of the Emergency Food Hamper Program. Please call 403-253-2055 to request your emergency food hamper and ask our volunteers to include a baby hamper. You must call first as hamper distribution is by appointment only.