BOCA RATON, Fla. - Low income families often struggle to provide diapers to their young children.
Courtney Shannon, 25, has had to rely on government assistance to support her 18-month-old son Jordan. She squeaks by on $158 per month, living with her mother. A month's worth of diapers cost more than half that amount.
"It's a struggle and a blessing at the same time. I have my baby, but it's hard being a single mother," says Shannon.
Jordan attends daycare at the Florence Fuller Child Development Center in Boca Raton, where a weekly delivery of diapers makes all the difference.
"We have to bring 24 diapers every week and that's costly, so what the Junior League does is helping out," says Shannon.
It is the only diaper bank in Palm Beach County; 500 families rely on the donations per month.
"Food stamps don't cover diapers, and that puts a huge burden on families to afford to have daycare," says Jackie Reeves, with the Junior League of Boca Raton.
The diaper bank has grown in the 18 months it's been open. At first it was distributing about 3,000 diapers per month, now it's up to 20,000 per month.
"It's one step in the evolution of the poverty cycle, the need cycle, that we can fulfill," says Reeves.
Courtney is proof. Now, for the first time since Jordan was born, she has a steady job at the Boca Raton Housing Authority. She is no longer on public assistance. For her and her son, the diaper bank brings relief.
"That's one less thing I need to worry about," says Shannon.
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