KIM & MARY ANN AT THE 2014 DIAPER BANKS IN AMERICA CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY
It made me feel ashamed': Poor moms' anguish over diaper costs. That was the Today Moms post that started the conversation in the summer of 2013. The article featured the (then) newly published study in Pediatrics journal (July 2013) - Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health - stating that 30% of mothers struggle to afford diapers for their children. It was from that study that Kim Kyasky and Mary Ann Schwanewede learned that diapers cannot be purchased with SNAP or food stamps or WIC.
The vision began to take shape as they learned how widespread diaper need is and the ripple effect it has, not only on the child, but the parents, and as a result, the community at large. Distraught by the results of the study, Kim and Mary Ann wanted to do more than coordinate a major diaper drive. They wanted to 'make a change' on a bigger scale. And so the Make A Change Diaper Bank was born, evolving from the existing Tony Kyasky Fund.
The Tony Kyasky Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1998 to provide scholarships to local students in need and has since been providing funds for charities and local causes. In November 2013, the Fund formed Make A Change Diaper Bank to raise awareness and to help alleviate diaper need for families in Northern NJ. Through amazing partner agencies, free diapers are distributed to the most vulnerable children in the community.
With the generous support of the community, Make A Change has distributed over 50,000 diapers in less than 2 years.
HELP CHILDREN IN NEED. RAISE AWARENESS. MAKE A CHANGE.
-- SALMA HAYEK