Today, we’re kicking off the first in an ongoing series about people doing wonderful, interesting, unusual things with their lives. The first person we’re featuring is a co-worker I’m lucky to know, Megan Fischer. When she mentioned that she was starting a diaper bank a few months ago, I was curious: How do you start a diaper bank? And what, exactly, does that entail? How does she balance working a full-time job, raising two kids and running a nonprofit organization? So I invited her to lunch, and she told me all about it.
Megan Fischer, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
- Passion project: Founder and executive director of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
- Day job: Content developer for an educational technology/publishing company
- Social Media: Website Twitter Facebook
- Married for six-and-a-half years
- Two kids, ages 1.5 and 3
- Lives in Cincinnati, Ohio
When she was researching cloth diapers a few years ago, Megan Fischer stumbled on the term “diaper bank.” She was pregnant with her second child and was shocked to learn that formal support systems, including the government-funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or food stamps, don’t cover diaper purchases for low-income families.
“How would that feel as a parent, if I couldn’t afford diapers for my kids?” she asked herself. Her heart tugged at her to investigate, and she learned her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, didn’t have any regional diaper banks for local families. “I was in my cube at work crying, thinking about it,” she said….