A signature initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), the 4th annual Diaper Need
Awareness Week draws attention to the issue of diaper need and prompts individuals, organizations, diaper banks,
communities and elected officials to take action and help get diapers to babies
who need them.
Today, there are 5.3 million children under the age of 3 living in
poor and low-income families in the U.S., and we know that diaper need is a consequence
of poverty that impacts 1 in 3 families. When there is not enough money in a family budget to meet basic needs, parents
face troubling choices between rent, food, transportation and even diapers. Many people are shocked to learn that diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps and other safety-net programs created to help young children.
In 2014, NDBN member diaper
banks (250+ operating in 45 states, D.C. and Guam) distributed nearly 37 million diapers to babies in need -- 20 million of which were donated by NDBN founding sponsor Huggies.
The first step in learning about #DiaperNeed is awareness. Learn more at DiaperNeed.org, and support a local diaper bank and/or the national network.