diaper need awareness weekSeptember 26 to October 2, 2016

Diaper Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

Posted on: June 17, 2016 by admin


NEW HAVEN, CONN., June 17, 2016—As the foremost authority on diaper need in America, the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) commends U.S. Senators Al Franken and Bob Casey for introducing the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act (S. 3070).

A companion bill to HR 4055, released in the House by Representatives Keith Ellison and Rosa DeLauro, the proposed legislation would make available Federal grant funds for States to create, administer, and evaluate innovative programs that provide access to one of the most basic needs of every infant and toddler, clean diapers.

“We are thrilled with and proud to support the legislation introduced by Senators Franken and Casey,” said NDBN Executive Director Joanne Goldblum.

“All babies deserve access to clean diapers. As more Americans learn about diaper need, they are increasingly supporting the diaper bank movement, and our simple solution to improving all of our communities … providing diapers to babies in need.”

Many working families cannot afford the high cost of diapers because diapers cannot be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds (Food Stamps). In addition, the benefits received under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are insufficient to cover diapers and daily expenses such as rent or clothing. Lack of access to diapers and supplies can cause children to get sick, and force families to miss work in order to care for their infant or toddler.

In a written statement, Sen. Franken said, “No family in our country should go to the store and be forced to choose between buying diapers or groceries. But unfortunately, about one-in-three American families face financial barriers to accessing diapers for their kids. We can’t ignore this crisis: our new legislation would provide support to state and local governments and other organizations that provide diapers to low-income families, and it needs to be passed into law.”

Sen. Casey added, “It is unfathomable to think about the pressures families face who cannot afford basic needs such as diapers for their infants and toddlers. This legislation will help to curb the high cost of diapers while also keeping our children healthy. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to support this commonsense legislation and pass it swiftly through Congress.”

The bill would address the increased burden that maintaining the health and hygiene of infants and toddlers places on families in need, the resultant adverse health effects on children and families, and the limited child care options available for infants and toddlers who lack sufficient diapers, which prevents their parents and guardians from entering the workforce.

More than 300-member diaper banks make up the National Diaper Bank Network and serve communities throughout the country. However, these nonprofit organizations, alone, are unable to meet the demand for diapers and supplies. Diapers are a necessity for the health and well-being of every child and family. The bill authorizes and funds State demonstration projects that provide diapers or a diaper subsidy for low-income and working families.

Inequality can cause rashes and urinary tract infections

Posted on: May 31, 2016 by admin

By Laura Clawson / DailyKos

A single diaper doesn’t cost much—you can get several for a dollar—but babies use a lot of them, amounting to more than $900 a year​. Which brings us back to inequality:

Nearly 30 percent of women have experienced a time when they couldn’t afford diapers for their children. That burden falls far heavier on the poor than on those who are better off. The people in the lowest quintile of income, making an average of just over $11,000 a year, spends nearly 14 percent of its income on diapers. The next quintile, those who make about $29,000 a year, still spend 5 percent of its income on them. Yet the richest only has to expend 1 percent of its income.

One study found that 30 percent of women can’t always afford to change their children’s diapers as often as they’d like. There are no good answers to that dilemma.

Mothers would take the diapers off, dump out the poop, and put the diapers back on. They would air-dry the diapers. They’d let their kids sit in wet diapers for longer than they should—a practice that can lead to UTIs and other infections. Other moms have reported potty training infants who are less than a year old—at least six months earlier than is recommended—in order to save money.

Because, of course, food stamps and WIC don’t cover diapers, and a Democratic bill to allow that hasn’t gone anywhere, because congressional Republicans. And, as President Obama recently noted, this doesn’t just hurt the babies:

Access to clean diapers isn’t just important for a child’s health and safety. Research has shown that mothers who are unable to afford diapers for their babies are more likely to suffer from maternal depression and mental health issues.

Samantha Bee recently delved into the issue, and the arguments against poor babies getting clean diapers:

One important point Bee raises is echoed by The Diaper Bank:

The vast majority of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers.

Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons.

So your “get a job” talking point and your “use cloth diapers” talking point won’t go anywhere. You might also want to give some serious thought to your “I can get a year’s worth of diapers for a lot less than $900 by going to Costco/doing a ‘subscribe and save’ at Amazon” talking point, because, as the National Diaper Bank Network points out:

Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.

(And without a credit card and a steady supply of money, you can’t subscribe and save at Amazon.)

I’d love it if my kid would quit soiling diapers before I’ve even finished putting them on him, but I’d love it even more if 30 percent of American women didn’t have to decide how exactly to keep their kids in dirty diapers for longer than is healthy. Diaper banks, which distribute diapers to families that need them, are a wonderful and important thing in the system we currently have. But the system needs changing so that diaper banks aren’t needed.

Laura Clawson is the Labor editor at Daily Kos Labor, and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.

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! 

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.


  • 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

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"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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