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NDBN Testifies on Diaper Tax Bill in California

Posted on: May 15, 2015 by admin


On May 4, NDBN’s Director of Policy, Research and Analysis Alison Weir testified before the California Assembly’s Committee on Revenue and Taxation in Sacramento. California is considering a bill that would repeal the sales tax on diapers. Read Alison’s testimony below.


Good evening Chairman Ting, Vice Chairman Brough and members of the Committee. My name is Alison Weir and I am the Director of Programs and Policy for the National Diaper Bank Network, which includes 14 member diaper banks here in California. Collectively the network provides nearly 40 million donated diapers free of charge to babies living in poor and low-income families. I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today. On behalf of NDBN, I’d like to express our support AB717. This bill would exempt diapers from the sales tax in California, recognizing that diapers are a basic need for all families with young children.

As part of my work at the National Diaper Bank Network, I have studied sales tax policies regarding diapers throughout the country. Currently seven states, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, exempt diapers from state sales and use tax. These states exclude diapers under a variety of reasons. Massachusetts exempts diapers because diapers are considered medical supplies, and Pennsylvania exempts diapers because diapers fall under a personal hygiene exemption to taxation that includes incontinence products, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene items. Three states, Connecticut, Maryland, and North Dakota exempt adult diapers as medical supplies.


Let’s Stop Judging Poor Moms this Mother’s Day

Posted on: May 15, 2015 by admin


The following column by National Diaper Bank Network Executive Director Joanne Goldblum originally appeared May 8, 2015 in the PostEverything section of The Washington Post website.


About 30 percent of low-income parents can’t afford to change their children’s diapers frequently enough, according to a Yale University study. My organization, National Diaper Bank Network, helps distribute diapers to those families in need. But in the course of doing this work, we sometimes encounter people who are appalled by our effort: One man called me screaming that impoverished moms should “just use newspaper!” to diaper their infants. In letters and phone calls, others have accused us of encouraging mothers to keep “breeding.” (Barnyard animals breed, mind you. Women have babies.) Our critics believe the women who come to us are bad mothers who should not have had children in the first place. (We rarely get criticism of fathers, as if women become pregnant all by themselves.) They find the fact that we are helping these mothers offensive.

It’s not just diapers. The tendency to brand low-income moms as “bad” extends to how they feed their children (no candy!) and entertain them (no swimming!). But these perspectives make me wonder: What makes a mother bad?

Photos Needed for NDBN Video by #NFChronicles

Posted on: May 10, 2015 by admin

If he’s not already on your radar, NDBN invites you to check out the amazing and funny La Guardia Cross and his New Father Chronicles videos posted on YouTube.

We’re thrilled that Mr. Cross is working on a collaboration with NDBN! He’s lending his video skills and unique humor to create a piece to help promote awareness of NDBN and ‪#‎DiaperNeed‬.

You can be a part of the video by sending in a baby picture — yours, your baby’s, your baby’s baby (that’s aimed at you grandparents) — to include in the video. Send your photos to babies@LaGuardiaCross.com.

Deadline is May 12th!