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As we head into fall, remember that Diaper Need Awareness week is September 24 through September 30. Diaper need is a serious issue across America that affects families’ mental, physical, and economic well-being. The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a child clean, dry, and healthy has severe consequences that include health risks, ability to go to work or school, and high levels of stress.
A story about one mother who struggled as a teen mom hits home for us. She would wrap her tiny daughter in a plastic bag using a cloth diaper insert when she had no money to buy diapers. She could only afford a cloth diaper insert, not enough for the entire cloth diaper, and would place the cloth diaper insert inside the plastic bag to make due until she was able to afford a supply of diapers for her child.
Dozens of similar stories flood the headlines. The lowest-income quintile of families with infants pay 14% of their income for diapers alone! Diapers cannot be purchased through current assistant programs, such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children). Diapers are considered a luxury, right along side cigarettes and alcohol! Many family programs have been established to raise awareness and focus on finding solutions for those struggling with diaper needs.
In a recent article by Bryce Covert, “Welcome to America, Where Parents Can’t Afford Diapers,” Covert discusses one mother, Jessica Frazier, who poured her energy into figuring out how to afford an adequate supply of diapers.
Frazier talks about how she would skip bills, trying to double up the payments later when she had more money, even though that meant incurring a $5 late fee. Instead of getting an oil change for her car, she would add some extra oil to the engine.
“You can do without a car,” said Frazier. “You can do without soda in your house, you can do without them snacks, you can maybe do without that new T-shirt,” she noted. “But diapers you can’t do without.”
Get involved for Diaper Need Awareness Week as we come together in taking initiative to inform people that 1 in 3 American families struggle with diaper need along with its severe related repercussions.
Joining the ABBY&FINN Family means seeking to improve the lives of our children & families one diaper at a time. For every box sold, we donate 30 diapers; that means every month you are diapering your own child, a child in need is receiving a diaper a day. Join us and help us donate 1,000,000 diapers this year!