Loveland Reporter Herald’s article describing our first two years: “Nappie Project Exceeds 200,000 in Diaper Distribution”
The Nappie Project was started in late December 2015 by a retired social worker, Jan
Touslee,and Loveland pediatrician,Rachel Konda-Sundheim, who had experienced first-hand
the struggles of many families to keep their children adequately supplied with diapers, and know
too well the impact of Diaper Need. Diaper Need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to
keep a child clean, dry and healthy.
From the time they started volunteering at the Larimer County Food Bank in Loveland in 2014-,
Jan and her husband provided over 11,000 diapers to clients at the Food Bank in Loveland,
which was not even close to meeting the need. It became evident that a formal process would
be needed to expand and sustain the burgeoning “Nappie Project”. Late in November 2015 Jan
met Rachel, a pediatrician who shared the vision of bringing a diaper bank to Loveland. And so
the journey began. The Nappie Project became a 501 c 3 non-profit organization on December
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 families have reported a diaper need.
Low income families can spend up to 20% of their monthly income on diapers—on average,
diapers cost a family $70-80/month per child. Sadly, it often boils down to diapers versus food,
rent or utilities. Neither Medicaid nor food stamps cover the cost of diapers. In fact, no current
State or Federal Program pays for or subsidizes the cost of diapers.
The consequences of Diaper Need are medical, psychological and financial. If a parent lacks
an adequate supply of diapers, children are left in wet and soiled diapers with resulting diaper
rashes and infections. Most child care centers require parents to provide a day’s supply of
diapers; parents who cannot meet this requirement miss school and/or work, which perpetuates
their negative financial spiral. Studies show that mothers equate not having enough diapers to
not having enough food for their children, leading to a feelings of inadequacy as a parent and
As a Diaper Bank, The Nappie Project does not distribute diapers directly to families, but
distributes through a network of partner agencies in Ft. Collins, Loveland andBerthoud. In our
first year, The Nappie Project limited our focus to Loveland and set a goal of distributing 50,000
diapers. By the end of 2016, we exceeded that goal by over 12,000 diapers and had expanded
our network of partner agencies to include Ft. Collins agencies. As of July 2017, we have 14
partner agencies; watch our home page for the latest distribution numbers, now over 200,000.
In the first six months of 2017 we distributed more diapers than in all of 2015, and 2018 is on
target to be an even bigger year!. The need is huge—exacerbated by the cost of living along the
Front Range, and the fact the child care is expensive. Colorado is ranked 7th out of 50 states
and the district of Columbia for the most expensive child care.* We know we are not fully meeting
the need which exists.
The Nappie Project is funded by donations and grants. Diapers donated through Diaper Drives
accounted for about 40% of diapers distributed. Cash donations permit us to purchase diapers in
sizes that are in high demand but less frequently donates, especially sizes 5 and 6. The Jet Cares
program allows us to purchase them at substantial discount.
*April 2016 Economic Policy Institute Report
The Nappie Project is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to ensuring that children in Loveland, Ft. Collins and surrounding communities have an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. We are committed to raising awareness of diaper need and its impact on families.