The SHARE Fund’s Community Diaper Bank Announces National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 23 – 29, 2019. Elected officials from states around the country are recognizing the 8th annual National Diaper Need Awareness Week to help end diaper need in the U.S. We are proud to have the support of our own Governor Sununu who has issued a Proclamation acknowledging National Diaper Need Awareness Week, as well as the vital work of the two NH-based community diaper bank programs supporting children and families in our state.
Diapers are a basic necessity required for all babies to reach their full potential, yet one in three U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers for their baby. An often hidden consequence of poverty, diaper need impacts the physical, mental, and economic well-being of children and families. Led by the National Diaper Bank Network, more than 200 local diaper bank programs are working with individuals, community organizations, and elected officials to help get clean diapers to babies who need them.
Federal programs like SNAP and WIC are designed to help parents access food for their children, but as nutrition-based programs these initiatives do not provide funding for diapers, a basic necessity for all babies. There are currently 5.2 million infants and toddlers living in low-wage families, many of whom face a daily struggle to secure a necessary supply of diapers. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the poorest 20 percent of Americans who buy diapers spend nearly 14 percent of their post-tax income on diapers.
Of families in diaper need, three-in-five parents (57%) miss work or school due to a lack of sufficient diapers required by childcare, day care or early education programs to care for a baby or toddler. As a result, parents experiencing diaper need missed an average of four days of work or school in the past month (source: Diaper Need and Its Impact on U.S. Families, 2017).
Seventy-three percent of all families feel they’re not being good parents when their children are left too long in dirty diapers, while one-in-three households in need experience feeling stressed or overwhelmed by diapering always or often (source: Diaper Need and Its Impact on U.S. Families, 2017).
Diapers matter. And, for families in need, diaper banks frequently provide the only resources available to help moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers obtain the diapers needed to keep a child healthy.
|The SHARE Fund’s Community Diaper Bank is a program of the SHARE Fund in Rochester, NH and a member of the National Diaper Bank Network. Since being established in August 2016, the SHARE Fund’s Community Diaper Bank has distributed 41,000 free diapers to local families experiencing diaper need. For more information about the SHARE Fund and the Community Diaper Bank, visit: https://www.sharefund.org/
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families…including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork).