It is often costly for new parents, whether they live in Shelby County or some other area. Many families need assistance in paying for diapers, expensive baby formula, cribs, and other items for their newborn. So in an effort to help parents, whether they are low income or not, there are several places for free baby stuff as well as diapers in the greater Memphis area.
Some of the organizations that help are faith based. Others are “standard” non-profits or government run agencies. In each case, anyone seeking supplies for their newborn infant (or growing baby) should be prepared. Bring proof of income, residency, copies of identification, and be ready to apply.
While most of the assistance programs are based in the city of Memphis, others cover all of Shelby County. No matter who need help with diapers or other items, whether a single mom or two parent household, assistance is available.
Address is Bartlett Square Annex Building, 5739 Stage Road Suite 110
Bartlett, TN 38134
Dial (901) 517-8406
The charity has an on-site Clothes Closet/Food/Diaper Pantry. What is on site includes free adult as well as children's diapers. Food, including but not limited to infant formula is also provided when available. There is an emergency program too.
St John's United Methodist Church
Main address: 1207 Peabody Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Applicants need a MIFA food voucher. Hot meals, diapers for newborns, and other aid is offered for working poor Shelby county residents, including single moms and dads.
Millington Crisis Center Ministry
Millington, TN 38053
New parents can not only be given supplies (diaper, food) but also counseling. There is also financial aid for bills or housing.
Porter-Leath - CORNERSTONE - Early Childhood Home Visitation
868 N Manassas Street
Memphis, TN 38107
Counseling for new parents and only referrals are given. No supplies on site.
Salvation Army in Shelby County
A few locations are on site. Clothing, infant formula from a pantry, applications to WIC, and even low cost furniture is available for sale. Beds, cribs, and other supplies may be offered. Learn more on the Memphis Shelby County.
Cathedral of Faith Community Church
Address: 2212 Jackson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
Appointments are needed. (901) 327-1616
The church has free soap, baby shampoo, maternity clothing, and other hygiene supplies.
Birthright of Memphis
Main address is 115 Alexander Street
Memphis, TN 38111
Call (901) 327-8109 for hours.
The non-profit holds parenting classes for first time mothers. There is also baby as well as maternity clothing, pregnancy tests, medical care, and referrals.
Cynthia Milk Fund
50 N Dunlap Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Most of the assistance is available for what WIC does not cover. Applicants can meet with a registered dietitian. If qualified, there may be formula as well as supplements for both babies and the elderly.
Navy - Marine Corps Relief Society
5722 Integrity Drive
Building 777, NSA Mid-South
Millington, TN 38054
They only help veterans and active members. Call (901) 874-7350
Memphis Police Department - Child Car Seat Installation
426 Tillman Street, Tillman MPD Precinct
Memphis, TN 38112
Telephone number is (901) 636-3000
They can help parents, and provides classes, in properly installing car seats.