Berkshire Community Diaper Project
Over 2,000 children in Berkshire County are enrolled in the three WIC programs here (Great Barrington, Pittsfield and North Adams), meaning their parents fall at or below the Federal Poverty Level, or up to 185% of this level. These children have been enrolled in WIC because of their families’ low income plus proven dietary insufficiency. At a minimum, 2,000 children in Berkshire County are experiencing dietary insufficiency, which usually goes along with diaper need as well. In addition, families whose seasonal employment may drop off, or who may incur a large financial setback (i.e. car repairs, medical bills) may be temporarily unable to afford diapers.
The Berkshire Community Diaper Project (BCDP) raises funds and collects diaper donations to provide diapers for parents who struggle to afford them for their children. Diaper need has been correlated with significant depression in parents with potential mental health issues for their children. The BCDP has established multiple liaisons with community organizations to provide diapers to local families in need.