Childern are the most vulnerable when it comes to Diaper need. Diapers are an unmet basic need for many families. Daycare centers require parents to provide disposable diapers, however, if parents are unable to afford them, they cannot leave their children. Therefore a cycle of poverty continues as parents are unable to secure employemnt or pursue educational opportuniteis. There are no federal assistance programs that fund or provide diapers.This includes assistance programs like WIC, Food Stamps and Medicare.
A clean change of diapers on a regular basis can cost up to $100/month (if not more).
Nonprofits working with families and individuals consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need.
Childern who suffer from diaper need often lag behind their peers in many ways beyond income. They are often less healthy, can trail in emotional and intellectual development, and are less likely to graduate from high school. Addtionally, the cycle of poverty continues as children of poverty become parents of poverty. Every year children living in poverty, cost our nation half a trillion dollars in lost productivity, healthcare and increasing crime rates. By meeting low-income families basic needs we can releive certain stresses and allow new goals and changes in their lives.
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