Connecticut has a higher percentage of affluent individuals and families than most other states which often overshadows the fact that far too many of our residents face a very different reality. They are hardworking people who are struggling to make ends meet.
Across the U.S., 5.9 million babies aged 3 or younger live in poor & low-income families who can't afford the aprox. $100 a week for an adequate supply of disposable diapers.
Diapers are a basic need for children in the United States, as essential to their health and well-being as food, shelter and a parent’s love. Unlike other necessities such as food and heat, diapers are not recognized as a basic need by the federal government, and so no provision is made to help families acquire diapers. Federal anti-poverty programs such as Food Stamps (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) do not cover diapers, leaving poor families without the means to properly diaper their children.
A lack of adequate clean diapers also results in parents missing work or school, staying home when they need to go out, and keeping their children out of daycare as most licensed facilities require a full day’s supply of diapers for each child. Because of this, diaper need contributes to perpetuating poverty by limiting opportunities that help families improve their situations.
To learn more or to find out how you can help visit thediaperbank.org.