Sept 8-14 is Diaper Need Awareness Week
Diaper Need Awareness Week is Sept 8-14 with the purpose of bringing attention to the fact that potentially millions of babies nationwide are going without a sufficient supply of clean diapers.
What constitutes diaper need?Diaper need is defined as "lacking enough diapers to keep baby clean, dry and healthy." According to PR Newswire an estimated 5.6 million babies and toddlers in the US live among families considered low income, many of whom experience diaper need.
The problem, although 1 in 3 families experience diaper need and qualify for government assistance, there currently are no programs in place to assist those families in maintaining an adequate supply of diapers.
Families lacking an adequate supply of diapers have to resort to changing baby less often, attempting to reuse disposable diapers or make the choice between groceries and gas money or diapers.
While several states are working towards possible government assistance for diapers, there are currently no states with a funded diaper assistance program similar to WIC or EBT cards for purchasing diapers.
Diaper Need Awareness Week promotes the donation of diapers to diaper banks nationwide. Diaper Banks collect diapers and distribute to families in need.
Currently diapers typically distributed to those in need are disposable in nature but the cloth diaper industry led by Real Diaper Association and organizations like Giving Diapers Giving Hope, Share the Love and others are promoting the use of cloth as a viable option for those experiencing diaper need.
Donations of any and all kinds to any diaper bank, disposable or cloth, is appreciated. No baby should go without changing in order to save diapers or money, every baby and toddler deserves clean, dry and sanitary diapers.
For more information on how you can donate please visit the following resources.
Resources for Diaper Need
Giving Diapers Giving Hope
Share the Love by Cotton Babies
The Rebecca Foundation
National Diaper Bank Network
Cloth for Every Bum, Diaper Bank Locator