September 21 - 27, 2020
As Part of Diaper Awareness Week
We at ICNA Relief are Raising Funds
For Mothers in Need of Diapers
Did you know ...
Current federal assistance programs do not provide adequate funds for buying diapers. Diapers cannot be bought with SNAP benefits (previously termed “food stamps”) or WIC. These are nutrition programs administered by the Department of Agriculture and thus they shouldn't be used for diapers.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to only about 23% of families living below the poverty but is intended for utility bills, rent, clothing etc. and quickly runs out for families needing diapers.
Infants require up to 12 diapers per day and toddlers about 8. Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby and families that cannot buy in bulk, often must spend more at smaller convenience stores.
1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
5 million children in the U.S. aged three or
younger live in poor or low-income families.
Unless you wear or regularly change one, diapers most likely don’t cross your mind at all. Yet, for babies and toddlers, as well as for people with various medical conditions that cause incontinence, diapers are a necessity for contentment, cleanliness and poise. One diaper may seem like nothing at all, but not having enough can cause a baby to develop health conditions such as dermatitis, urinary tract infections and yeast infections. Another issue many people face is not having the funds to purchase diapers. This can severely limit a parent’s capability to go to work due to most childcare centers requiring parents to provide diapers for their children.
Have you ever visited the diaper section at your local supermarket? Diapers are extremely expensive and can cost as much as $125 for a month’s supply! Most people are unaware that diapers cannot be bought with EBT/SNAP benefits, aka “food stamps” nor the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program benefits. Most families that already struggle with income are already stretched thin with food, housing and utilities bills, let alone the worry of where the money will come from for diapers.
We invite you to get involved and join the growing movement of organizations, advocates, and individuals across the U.S. that are spreading awareness for this basic necessity that really isn’t so basic!
How can you get involved? You can:
- Host a diaper drive in your community!
- Volunteer at a one of our specialty pantries.
- Make a monetary or in-kind donation to one of our pantries that provides this necessity to families who suffer from Diaper Need.