Keeping Families Covered focuses on diaper need in national awareness week

Nonprofit plans events throughout week to shine spotlight on often-hidden consequence of poverty

Ann Marie Mathis, the founder and CEO of Keeping Families Covered, holds a package of diapers that the nonprofit distributes on Monday, Jan. 24, 2023, inside the new facility at 4138 W. Orleans St. in McHenry. Keeping Families Covered has taken over for the Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois, one of the first National Diaper Bank Network members, which was previously at this location.

WAUKEGAN – One in two U.S. families with young children struggle to provide enough diapers for their baby and during National Diaper Need Awareness Week (Sept. 18-24), Keeping Families Covered invites individuals, organizations, elected officials and others to learn about this growing public health issue and actions that can help end diaper need in our community.

According to The NDBN Diaper Check 2023: Diaper Insecurity Among U.S. Children and Families, 47% can’t afford the diapers they need to keep their children clean, dry and healthy. This is diaper need, an often-hidden consequence of poverty, which harms the physical, mental and economic well-being of children and families.

Recent national news reports show the average cost of diapers has increased 32% since 2019, which negatively impacts household budgets, particularly among low-wage earners and families living in poverty.

Bottoms Up for Babies, the signature fundraiser for Keeping Families Covered, will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 23 at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. For event details and to buy tickets, go to

Keeping Families Covered has been supplying diapers to families since 2014. Collaborating with community organizations in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin as well as through direct service, the nonprofit has distributed more than 6.3 million diapers.

“We’re very proud of the work we’ve done,” Keeping Families Covered founder and CEO Ann Marie Mathis said in a news release. “But there is much more to do to address this growing need. It is important to raise awareness of this issue so that more people will commit to a solution. No child should ever miss out on access to early childhood education programs or become sick because their parents could not afford the diapers needed to change them.”

Supported by the National Diaper Bank Network, more than 225 community-based diaper banks throughout the country are working with individuals, community organizations and elected officials to help get free, clean diapers to babies. Throughout the week, many diaper banks are organizing communitywide diaper drives and fundraising campaigns that will help ensure the nonprofit remains a reliable source of diapers for children and families in their communities throughout the year.

“All families should have the diapers they require for their children,” said Joanne Goldblum, CEO and founder of NDBN. “National Diaper Need Awareness Week recognizes that small things affect big things. Diapers matter. And for families in need, diaper banks like Keeping Families Covered frequently provide the only resources available to help moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers obtain the diapers needed to keep a child healthy.”

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