diaper need awareness weekSeptember 26 to October 2, 2016

NDBN Goes to Washington

Posted on: May 19, 2016 by admin

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The National Diaper Bank Network’s (NDBN) inaugural Lobbying Day activities were a huge success as diaper bank leaders from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C., May 11 – 12. 

We are thrilled to share an excerpt from a U.S. News and World Report article that posted last night. 

“…The National Diaper Bank Network is lobbying Washington about the issue this week, pushing for the passage of the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act. The bill would provide grants to states that create programs to cover diapers. Federal funds from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, do not currently go toward this purpose…”

The full article is available here

Personal visits to Congressional offices were made by representatives from the following diaper banks: The Diaper Bank, The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet, Children’s Diaper Bank, DC Diaper Bank, PDX Diaper Bank, Idaho Diaper Bank, Capital Diaper Bank, Diaper Bank of North Carolina, Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, Texas Diaper Bank, Baby Booties Diaper Bank, WestSide Baby, Inland NW Baby, Baby2Baby, GOOD+ Foundation, Bare Necessities, Inc., Project Concern International, and Treasure Coast Food Bank, as well as representatives of AWHONN and Healthy Mom&Baby.  

Already, six new cosponsors have been added to the bill, bringing the total to 49, and we expect more to join soon! 

A Mother’s Day Wish for Moms in Poverty

Posted on: May 5, 2016 by admin

 

The following column by National Diaper Bank Network Executive Director Joanne Goldblum originally appeared May 5, 2016 in the Impact What Works section of The Huffington Post.


For some mothers, there will be no flowers or brunches this Mother’s Day, because their families cannot afford gifts. These moms are rarely celebrated. But they should be.

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Raising kids without enough money to meet their basic needs is like being an Olympic athlete deprived of oxygen. Under extreme stress, they’re doing something that’s already difficult under the best of conditions. Though many low-income moms deserve medals, they’re often judged harshly as they trudge across an uneven playing field.

Perhaps we more fortunate parents roll our eyes because she always says no when asked to work a bake sale or chaperone a school trip. We’re forgetting that she has an hourly wage job — as women disproportionately do — with no predictability in her schedule and no paid time off.

Perhaps she splurges on ice cream for her daughter’s birthday. Everyone in the checkout line feels entitled to pass judgment on the grocery choices of someone using Food Stamps — especially if she’s overweight, as most Americans are.

Instead of looking for failings in an individual mother, we should be looking at structures that keep so many mothers in poverty. Women and children make up 70 percent of America’s poor.

While 4 in 10 American families rely on mothers as the sole or primary breadwinner in the family, women still do not have a fair chance to earn a living wage in the United States. Women are over-represented in low-wage jobs and, even when they do skilled work, are still paid less than their male counterparts. American women earn 79 cents for every dollar that male workers do. On top of that, they shoulder more elder and child care responsibilities in a nation that doesn’t have adequate systems to support either.

In decades of serving people in poverty, I found that that most work, though in low-wage jobs that often don’t offer full-time positions or benefits. They are essential jobs that we’ve collectively decided need not be well compensated: home health aides, child care providers, cleaners. Research by the Economic Policy Institute found that among poor adults who were eligible to work, 63 percent were employed. Keep in mind that the study was done when 3.3 million Americans were unemployed and actively seeking a job. Of those working poor, almost 20 percent were in part-time jobs.

It isn’t that poor moms and dads aren’t willing to work — it’s that the economy offers them so few opportunities to prosper from hard work and that safety net programs are inadequate to supplement low wages or provide for those who cannot work. Safety net programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families are available to fewer families as states put up more barriers to applicants. The purchasing power of these benefits has fallen more than 20 percent in the past decade. Until we remedy these problems, there will be unhappy Mother’s Days for too many families. While we do that important work, we should also be treating these mothers with the respect that they deserve. On Mother’s Day, I’d like recognize all the moms struggling to make ends meet:

Thank you for going without lunch yourself most days so that you have the money to buy diapers.

Thank you for all those evenings that you come home from work exhausted and then go straight to the kitchen to make dinner, because even the occasional take-out night is a luxury you can’t afford.

Thank you for driving your kids to a safer neighborhood to trick-or-treat, even though you knew people kept peering out of their big, beautiful houses at your old clunker.

Thank you for taking two buses in the rain so that you could pick up library books for your children.

Thank you for those Christmas mornings that you couldn’t spend with your family, because nursing home workers cannot have holidays off.

There is so much that you do to make life better for your children. You are swimming against a tide of unfair policy that pushes you back. But you are still swimming. You’re amazing. You deserve roses, chocolates, breakfast in bed. Most of all, you deserve a fair chance to earn a living wage and real help when that’s not possible.

Evenflo Feeding Partners with NDBN to Help Struggling Families #LetLoveFlo

Posted on: April 29, 2016 by admin

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WEST CHESTER, OHIO — Continuing their commitment to being every baby’s advocate and every parent’s ally,  Evenflo Feeding announced a new initiative with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) that will provide high-quality newborn feeding products to families in need.

“Our philosophy is that all parents and children deserve the best feeding solutions, regardless of wealth, status or community,” said Elise Meyer Ring, Senior Director of Marketing at Evenflo Feeding. “We hope, through our partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network, we can continue making this belief a reality.”

Parents in Desperate Need of Feeding Products

“At our core, NDBN is focused on meeting the most basic needs of all babies, especially those born to families living in poverty,” said NDBN Executive Director Joanne Goldblum. “When we are able to help provide small things like feeding supplies and diapers to a struggling mom, we are helping to improve the physical and emotional well-being of both the mother and her child.”

Four diaper banks were selected by NDBN to receive Evenflo Feeding products: The D.C. Diaper Bank serving the greater D.C. area; The Diaper Bank, serving central Connecticut; the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Florida, and H.E.R.O.S. Care, which serves active duty military, guard, reserve or honorably discharged military and families. These local banks will then distribute the supplies (focused on items which support mothers in their breastfeeding efforts) to qualifying families.

Evenflo Feeding’s Commitment to Helping Parents #LetLoveFlo

Inspired by their newly-launched #LetLoveFlo campaign, which encourages families and caregivers to embrace the unique ways they show love for their children through feeding, Evenflo Feeding believes their partnership with NDBN can bring this concept from hashtag to home. New parents experience stress even in the best conditions, particularly around feeding; these difficulties can be devastating for those struggling financially. “The love between a parent and child should flow freely,” says Ring. “We want to make sure a lack of basic infant care doesn’t disrupt that flow. We are highly aware of the specific challenges mothers are facing when it comes to feeding, especially those in financial need. By providing items like breast pumps, nursing pads and practical and applicable breastfeeding education we look to protect the mental health and spirit of mothers in that fragile time.”

About Evenflo Feeding

Located in the Greater Cincinnati area, Evenflo Feeding, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets all ages and stages of infant and toddler feeding products. The Evenflo brand enjoys a 97% brand awareness among its target consumers and is, at its core, synonymous with baby feeding for over 90 years. Evenflo Feeding, Inc. was acquired in 2012 by Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, one of the world’s largest providers of consumer goods, including juvenile/baby & child care consumer packaged goods.

About the National Diaper Bank Network

The National Diaper Bank Network connects and supports the county’s more than 280 community-based diaper banks that collect, store and distribute free diapers to struggling families. Fair access to clean diapers improves the physical, mental and economic well-being of babies, families, and communities. In 2015, the network distributed more than 45 million free diapers to children throughout the country.

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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 5.3 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 2015 Proclamations

VOICES OF NEED

"I wa fired from my job 11/5, my final work check was garnished by the IRS,appiled for unemployment but had an overpayment and a suspension for benefits which cost me a few thousand in benefits, had no Chirstmas BUT my only worry now is getting size 4 diapers for my son."

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