What is Diaper Need?
Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.
The Negative Consequences of Diaper Need
- Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.
- Diaper need correlates with increases in maternal stress.
- Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities, require parents to provide at least a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
- Many parents cannot go to work or school if they cannot leave their babies at childcare. In Michigan, 65% of mothers in the workforce have infants.
TANF & Diapers in Michigan
An average monthly supply of diapers costs approximately $80. The only federal assistance program that can be used for diapers is TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), but TANF has to cover many other expenses, including heat, electric and water bills, rent, clothing, transportation, and other basic needs. Little if any money is available to purchase enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
Why We Do This
The need for diapers in Kalamazoo alone is astounding. We have distributed over 250,000 diapers in 2019 and it’s estimated that we will need about 27,000 more! We do this because we are mothers ourselves, we understand there is a need in our community, and we are passionate about this cause. If you need diapers or you want to help us achieve this goal, please click the buttons below to learn more. Thank you!