The Utah Diaper Distribution Demonstration and Research Project - Working to close Utah's Diaper Gap
In partnership between Community Action Partnership of Utah, the Utah Diaper Bank, participating Community Action Agencies in Utah, and the Office of Community Services with the Utah Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Families, the Diaper Distribution Demonstration and Research Project (Utah DDDRP) is an opportunity to demonstrate the health and economic impact of having enough diapers on a consistent basis. It also will reinforce the power of bundled services. This is not just about giving out diapers, but looking at diaper needs as part of a whole-family approach. Community Action Agencies in Utah are tasked in their mission to think outside of siloed programs about the multiple needs of households and individuals. They bundle services across programs and make warm referrals to partners and resources to help households stabilize, become more economically secure, and work towards their dreams.
Households at or below 200% federal poverty guidelines are invited to apply at local participating Community Action Agencies and partners. Families will be asked to complete an application and verify income from the last 30 days and complete a basic survey. At intake, households will be asked about their needs and complete surveys needed for the demonstration project.
The Utah DDDRP also builds the capacity of Utah’s two diaper banks – the Utah Diaper Bank and Little Lambs Foundations. By building the capacity of existing diaper banks, families throughout Utah will continue to see the benefit of increased access to diapers and diapering supplies for years to come.
Community Action Partnership of Utah hopes that this demonstration project will lead to increased economic opportunity for families, additional resources for diaper banks nationally, and even stronger ties between Diaper Banks and human services agencies.