WHY DOES THE ARKLATEX NEED A DIAPER BANK?
The ArkLaTex region has a 25% poverty rate, ranking among the worst in the United States.
We also have a 50%+ ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or "working poor") rate according to the United Way of Northwest Louisiana.
Public assistance programs like SNAP, WIC, & Medicaid do not cover the cost of diapers, period products, and incontinence supplies for families unless these items are part of a doctor-prescribed treatment plan for a medical condition.
Basic Necessities collects & distributes these important sanitary supplies to people in need throughout the ArkLaTex region.
Access to these free supplies helps alleviate poverty, and prevents unsanitary living conditions, unnecessary illness, & expensive medical bills for many of our neighbors.
Basic Necessities is the only designated,nationally-recognized, certified diaper bank in the ArkLaTex,
and is a member of both the National Diaper Bank Network and the Alliance for Period Supplies.