Diaper Bank program to provide free diapers to eligible families in Maricopa County

Eligible families in Maricopa County will now be able to get free diapers from the Maricopa County Human Services Department. The new Diaper Bank program is slated to give more than 700,000 diapers to families in and around Maricopa County.

The county expects to provide a monthly supply of 150 diapers to nearly 5,000 children in the county, according to a press release. Funding for the diapers was obtained through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Jacqueline Edwards, human services director for Maricopa County, commented on the significance of the Diaper Bank program.

“We understand the financial strain that families face when it comes to providing for their children. The availability of diapers at no cost through our Diaper Bank will allow parents to prioritize their expenses without compromising their child's well-being. This Diaper Bank is just one more way Maricopa County is working to provide relief to families,” Edwards said in a written statement.

Who is eligible for the Diaper Bank?

According to the county, Maricopa County families residing outside the cities of Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa are eligible for the program. Moreover, eligibility is also extended to families who are a part of Maricopa County’s Head Start program.

Income requirements are another factor that families are required to meet, as eligible families must be within 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. According to statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services, 150% of the level equates to an annual income of $37,290 for a family of three.

Residents who are interested in the program and wish to determine their eligibility in the Diaper Bank program can contact the Maricopa County Human Services Department at 602-372-3700.

Where are diapers being distributed?

Diapers will be distributed every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maricopa County Head Start Office in Mesa. The distribution will take place while supplies last and no appointment is necessary to receive the free diapers.

Are there any other programs like these?

Yes, organizations like the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona provide diapers to agencies across the region. More information can be found at: https://www.diaperbankaz.org/.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Free diapers for families in new Maricopa County program