Priority Health to donate 90,000 diapers to families in need throughout Metro Detroit

Priority Health is partnering up with the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank (MDDB) to distribute 90,000 diapers to local families in need of diapers.

The distribution will happen across 13 Metro Detroit locations.

Starting September 1, the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank will distribute the diapers throughout different locations in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

Parents can request diapers via the MDDB online form and select a specific pickup location, date, and time.

“While COVID-19 has impacted the finances of many, one in three families reported struggling to provide diapers for their children even prior to the pandemic. As stimulus payments end, we anticipate an increased need for diapers and other basic items,” Vice President of State Markets East at Priority Health Shannon Wilson said. “By partnering with organizations like the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank, we can help families avoid having to choose between purchasing diapers or other basic necessities.”

For more information on the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank or to keep up to date with their next distribution, click here.


Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank is a Lifesaver

“Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank is a lifesaver in times of a crisis.’’ Those words of gratitude at the onset of the COVID 19 Pandemic, by Detroit mother Rosalyn Renaye, may well sum up the critical role that Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank (MDDB) plays in ensuring that children in Metro Detroit, and others experiencing complex medical issues, can remain clean, dry and healthy.

The organization’s unique mission took on a heightened urgency as the pandemic threats to the economy, in turn, drove up diaper demand. “I literally am on my last diapers with little money due to the failing economy,’’ Renaye wrote on MDDB’s website, “yet I was able to receive diapers for two of my children!” MDDB’s ability to keep its pledge to parents and grandparents like Renaye was in part made possible by the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation’s decision to increase s emergency funding to address the pandemic’s ongoing impact.

As a result of the support, MDDB went into “Rapid Response Mode,’’ determined to continue its mission but with safety first. A portion of the Foundation’s investment was dedicated to purchasing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), education and training, including establishing a new virtual toilet training model to help parents take advantage of extra time at home with their children during the pandemic. MDDB was also faced with developing new support models after it temporarily suspended community donations and volunteer repack events.

However, MDDB’s core services actually began to flourish. MDDB’s volunteer base increased and the amount of diapers given to each child per month doubled. More than 200,500 diapers were given to children and people with incontinence issues, as MDDB established new pickup locations to meet the need.

The Foundation is honored to help partners strengthen their resources and their resolve to rise beyond the continued threat of COVID-19.

Source: Thriving Through Crisis: Community Organization Raising Quality of Life for Those Most Vulnerable