diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

Get Ready for Diaper Need Awareness Week!

Posted on: June 23, 2017 by admin

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Diaper Need Awareness Week (DNAW) 2017 is scheduled for September 25 through October 1.

Ask your governor for a proclamation recognizing the week! Last year we had proclamations from 34 governors and/or state legislatures, as well as local proclamations from 119 mayors and/or city or county officials throughout the country (activity in 40 states total). Let’s make 2017 the year when diaper need is recognized in all 50 states!  Here are all the tools you need:

 

1. Proclamation Guidelines by State 2017

 

2. Template for state proclamations

 

3. Template for local proclamations

 

4. Cover letter   

Get started today!

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Visit Your U.S. Rep. & Senators this Summer!

Posted on: June 22, 2017 by admin




 

 

NDBN Lobby Day has come and gone, but you can still continue to advocate for the bill. You can write to your representative, and we have a template you can use.

Or invite your Representative to visit your diaper bank or see a diaper distribution! They will be home for the entire month of August, but their schedules will be booked quickly, so now is the time to invite them. What better way for a congressional representative to spend an hour getting to know first hand about constituent concerns than to see diaper bank in action? 

Some tips for inviting and planning a congressional visit. 

1. Call early, and expect that there will be some back and forth about the schedule.

2. Plan for no more than one hour. Congressional representatives have VERY busy schedules. 

3. Provide a rough agenda, including the names and titles of whom the representative will meet.

4. This is your chance to talk about what you do–do not expect the representative to make a speech unles you have coordinated it first with the office. 

5. Show off your warehouse, or a distribution, or some other aspect of what you do–make it visual and real. 

6. Be flexible. An opening may develop in the representative’s schedule with very little notice. And if August doesn’t work out, there will be opportunities in September, October, November, etc. 

There is no better illustration of what a diaper bank is than to see one in person!

 

More States Seek to End Sales Tax on Diapers

Posted on: March 28, 2017 by admin
by Alison Weir, Chief of Policy, Research and Analysis, National Diaper Bank Network

 

More and more state legislatures are becoming aware of diaper need and the inherent injustice of charging sales tax for basic needs like diapers and tampons.  Louisiana, Michigan, and Nevada join the list of states looking at exempting diapers from sales tax. In Louisiana, the sales tax exemption bill is joined by a proposal to change the state constitution to prohibit tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products.  In Nevada, because sales tax provisions are already written into the state constitution, the proposal to exempt diapers and feminine hygiene products will have to be approved by a public referendum once it is approved by the legislature. 

Nevada is also considering a bill that would require the state Department of Health and Human Services to actively look for federal grant money that could be used to provide diapers for families in need. Sounds like someone is already getting ready for the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Todders Act (U.S. HR 1143)!

For those who may have lost count, the following 18 states have a bill under consideration to eliminate or reduce sales tax on diapers: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina (for diaper banks distributing diapers), Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont (diapers are currently tax free, but this would change their classification and add toilet paper as a tax free item), and Virginia (adult diapers only).

The following 6 states are considering some form of direct diaper assistance, either to families or organizations that provide diapers: California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York.

The following 19 states have a bill under consideration to reduce or eliminate sales tax on menstrual supplies: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland (bill clarifies that all menstrual supplies are tax exempt), Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The following 7 states have a bill under consideration to provide some form of direct assistance for menstrual supplies: California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

See all the bills with our state bill tracker

What Is Diaper Need

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.

PROCLAMATIONS MATTER

  • Inform your elected officials
  • Increase awareness within your state & community
  • Promote opportunities for you to talk and help raise diapers & dollars
  • Champion change led by you, diaper bankers, and our supporters

Click here for a list of 2017 Proclamations

VOICES OF NEED

"I recently had a baby girl. She is 3 months old. I also have two other daughters 5 and 9. I raise them all on my own and have recently been diagnosed with a seizure disorder... I can only work part time light duty. Needless to say things have gotten extremely hard in the past 3 months. I really need some extra help in any way possible especially with diapers, wipes and clothes until I can get back on my feet. "

SOCIAL MEDIA

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