Diapers are constantly in high demand and low supply at DMARC food pantries. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, infant and toddler caregivers spend an average of $70-80 every month on diapers.
Just like diapers, baby wipes are constantly high in need and short in supply at pantries.
Infant formula is expensive, costing between $1,000 - $3,000 per year to feed an infant. While WIC helps cover the cost of infant formula, the need is still great.
Baby food is another item that is typically in short supply at DMARC food pantries, but is so important for families with young children. Fruit and vegetable purees for babies support healthy bone and brain development!
State and federal safety-net programs cannot be used to purchase period supplies, leaving 1 in 4 menstruating people struggling to meet this basic need due to lack of income and 1 in 5 missing work or school due to lack of access.