These two Cincy organizations are partnering to collect and distribute diapers to families across greater Cincinnati.
Be sure to bring an unopened pack of diapers with you on your next visit to the Cincinnati Museum Center. The museum is now partnering with Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank to collect and distribute diapers to local families in need across greater Cincinnati.
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is a nonprofit diaper bank that was founded to cover the gap for low-income families, because diapers are not funded by WIC or SNAP programs. Since its beginning in 2015, Sweet Cheeks has donated over 7 million diapers to greater Cincinnati families.
“We are so excited to partner with the Cincinnati Museum Center as a new drop-off location for diapers,” says Megan Fischer, CEO and founder of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. “We’re grateful to be neighbors with an organization that consistently demonstrates its care for the whole child – mentally, emotionally and physically. This donation bin is just one more way Cincinnati Museum Center is supporting families, and it will allow us to have an even larger reach in our community.”
The average baby goes through around $70-$80 worth of diapers per month, or more than $900 each year. This can be cost-prohibitive for low-income families, and can result in a lack of clean diapers in the home. This lack can lead to a vicious cycle of health problems and unemployment. Without clean diapers, babies are forced to sit in soiled diapers, causing health issues like diaper rash, staph infections and urinary tract infections. If parents don’t have clean diapers, they are forced to withdraw their children from childcare and can’t work outside of the home.
Guests can drop off clean, unused diapers at the Sweet Cheeks collection bin near the entrance to The Children’s Museum.
“We are thrilled to support the life-changing work Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is doing so that, together, we can serve our community’s educational, physical and emotional needs,” says Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center. “Museums are an anchor in their communities, and we have a responsibility to use our platform and our resources to improve the lives and wellbeing of that community.”
The Cincinnati Museum Center offers reduced admission at $2 per person through its Museums for All program for those individuals receiving SNAP benefits. Guests can present their EBT or Medicaid card at the box office to receive reduced admission pricing.