CAPNH Receives Grant for Diaper Distribution Pilot Program

Published on March 21, 2024 | Impact, Programs

New Hampshire Community Action Partnership Receives Grant for Pilot NH Diaper Distribution Program

Press Release, March 1, 2024 – The Office of Community Services (OCS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its third cohort of Diaper Distribution Pilot grant recipients during National Diaper Need Awareness Week.

The New Hampshire Community Action Partnership (NHCAP) was awarded a pilot demonstration grant to expand existing diaper distribution services through the robust network of anti-poverty services that the OCS already provides through the Community Services Block Grant. Only seven states across the country received a grant in the third cohort.

The goal of the Diaper Distribution Grant is to ensure families in our community have the resources to meet their diaper needs. This program will allow families to learn about diaper education and will provide enough diapers to keep their children healthy. This program will be open to families in New Hampshire; the enrollment will vary by location and diaper availability. NHCAP applied for the demonstration project because diapers are essential for the health and well-being of babies and toddlers. Diapers alone can cost 8% of a person’s total income if they are making the federal minimum wage, and parents and caregivers who don’t have enough diapers often can’t send their children to childcare. This leads to missed days at work and school, missed early education opportunities for toddlers, and an increased likelihood of painful rashes and infections. A lack of diapers is not only a public health issue; it is a formidable obstacle to economic mobility for families with low incomes.

The New Hampshire Community Action Partnership’s (NHCAP) mission is to reduce barriers to help clients improve their economic stability and well-being through education, advocacy, and partnerships. Using the $1,193,846 awarded for the Diaper Distribution Pilot, NHCAP will distribute diapers and supplies throughout the state. Regional distribution centers will provide families across New Hampshire with convenient access to services regardless of location.

Get Free Diapers for Your Family

Diapers are an expense many young families struggle to afford, yet they are essential for a baby’s health and well-being.  Community Action is helping to alleviate some of the financial strain by providing diapers at no cost.  We encourage families enrolled in any NHCAP or CFSS program to inquire with their local agency.  Community Action may be able to provide you with free diapers even if you are not enrolled, based on availability.

Our goal is to provide access to clean and dry diapers for any child who needs them, regardless of their age, in order to prevent health issues associated with inadequate diapering.  To find out about the availability of free diapers in your area, contact your local Community Action agency or email [email protected].

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CAPSC Mission and Vision

Founded in 1965, CAPSC is the sole provider in Strafford County to offer a full suite of programs and services designed to have a measurable impact on the health and welfare of at-risk children, seniors, and people experiencing low incomes.

Without the services provided by our agency, many local residents would be without a means to provide for their basic needs, including food, education, child care, utilities assistance, transportation, housing, emergency shelter and access to other services.

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The New Hampshire Community Action Partnership (NHCAP) is a collaboration of the 5 Community Action Agencies in the state, connecting neighbors in need with resources and supports to help them thrive. We serve as a vital hub for information about Community Action programs available throughout our state. We help clients learn about services available and connect them to their local agency so they can quickly access the support they need.

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