diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

Poverty Is Pink

Posted on: January 27, 2017 by admin
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The following column, written by National Diaper Bank Network CEO Joanne Goldblum, originally appeared January 25, 2016 on The Huffington Post Impact.

 

Millions of Americans and supporters around the world joined in Women’s Marches held on Saturday. We felt so much love, so much energy, so much cathartic relief, knowing our voices are vital in shaping the futures we want to see. And now the question is: What should we do with this momentum, what future should we demand?

I believe we can unify the diverse multitudes of women, and men, by recognizing and attacking poverty as a women’s issue. Here’s why:

 

Women’s poverty and child poverty are linked. Children comprise the poorest single group in the United States – one in five grow up living in poverty – and the risk of poverty doubles for children who live in female-headed households.

Clearly, women’s poverty is a huge and entrenched problem. That does not mean that we cannot make change. Here are four suggestions to get us started.

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10 Diaper Facts to Use Today

Posted on: September 26, 2016 by admin

 

We encourage you to share and post any and/or all of the following diaper facts during Diaper Need Awareness Week, which runs Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2016.  #DiaperOn!

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32 States & 91 Municipalities Mark Diaper Need Awareness Week

Posted on: September 26, 2016 by admin

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NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 26, 2016 — The fifth annual Diaper Need Awareness Week (Sept. 26 – Oct. 2) kicks off today to draw attention to the issue of diaper need, and to prompt individuals, organizations, diaper banks, communities and elected officials to take action and help meet one of the most basic needs of every infant and toddler…clean diapers.

Governors and state legislatures in 32 states, along with 91 mayors and county supervisors throughout the country, have recognized the week via official proclamations, letters of support, and/or special events [a full list of proclamations is available at www.diaperneed.org].

Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. One in three American families reports struggling with diaper need, a hidden consequence of poverty.

A signature initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), Diaper Need Awareness Week features a range of activities focused on diaper need and its prevalence in communities across the country. The week is fueled by the grassroots efforts of NDBN’s more than 320 member diaper banks, as well as support by NDBN founding sponsor Huggies® and other partner organizations, including AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses).

“Millions of families struggle every day to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their children, and that is unacceptable,” said Joanne Goldblum, founder and chief executive officer of the National Diaper Bank Network.

“Diaper Need Awareness week recognizes that small things, diapers, affect big things, including a family’s physical, mental and economic well-being. Diapers matter. And, for families in need, diaper banks frequently provide the only resources available to help moms, dads, grandparents and others obtain clean diapers needed to keep a child healthy.”

To date, governors and/or state legislatures from the following states have recognized Diaper Need Awareness Week in 2016: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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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 2016 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. "

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