October 17 – Dr. Amy Smolucha, Operation Diaper Drive

Dr. Amy Smolucha, Eastern Iowa Health Center, Operation Diaper Drive

Eastern Iowa Health Center and YPN, in partnership with local Hy-Vee Food Stores and Drugstores, are excited to announce the 6th Annual Operation Diaper Drive, a community-wide effort to stock the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank with a one year supply of diapers.

All Cedar Rapids, Marion, Coralville, and Iowa City Hy-Vee Food Stores and Drugstores will be collecting donations of diapers and wipes until October 24, 2021.

Diapers are one of the most basic needs for a family with a new baby. On average, a monthly supply of diapers costs $80. Add that up and one year of diapers costs nearly $1,000!

Low-income families spend nearly 14% of their paychecks on diapers. Most daycare centers require parents to provide a daily supply of diapers. When families don’t have enough diapers, parents have to stay at home instead of working or going to school.

Operation Diaper Drive will ensure that babies and toddlers in our community stay clean, dry and healthy.