Between a national formula shortage, record-breaking inflation rates, and a looming recession, new families have a lot to deal with financially. In Mississippi, where 26% of families earn less than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), these poor economic conditions make it even harder to make ends meet.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, Mississippi is one of fifteen states in the country that is most in need of additional diaper banks and infant care. And because there are no federal support programs that cover diaper expenses – which can reach $100 per month per child – community support is vital.
Fortunately, community initiatives like the Oxford Diaper Bank are helping new families meet their needs. The Oxford Diaper Bank was founded by the members of this year’s Leadership Lafayette as well as the North Mississippi Exchange Family Center and the Bare Needs Diaper Bank.
Since their founding in July 2022, the Oxford Diaper Bank has served nearly 10,000 diapers to families in need in Oxford-Lafayette County. They are currently coordinating to host another drive and are excited to participate in future projects to support Mississippi families.
Initiatives like Oxford Diaper Bank show how impactful community engagement can be in creating healthier outcomes and improving community health. Click here to learn more about the Oxford Diaper Bank and be sure to check out their Facebook page here.
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