Barbara Lee Wants $100 Million for Diapers for Low-Income Families
The average baby goes through six to 10 diapers a day, which can cost parents $70 to $80 per month, or about $900 a year. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA)introduced legislation last week that she hopes would provide some financial relief to families who struggle to keep up with the costs. She and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the End Diaper Need Act, which would create a $100 million demonstration program for distributing free diapers and diapering products in states, communities, and nonprofits around the nation to help reduce the diaper need in low-income families and underserved communities. Eligible entities would have discretion on how to implement the program, and how to best distribute diapers to families in need. Lee says that one in three families experience diaper need, which often leads to negative health outcomes for vulnerable children. Many low-income families and families of color spend twice as much on diapers for their children compared to families who have the means to buy diapers in bulk at a lower price. "Most child care centers won't accept a child without an adequate supply of diapers, preventing low-income families from enrolling their child in child care and returning to work," Lee said. "These families should not have to choose between purchasing basic household needs and buying diapers. It is past time for our government to provide this basic need for millions of children." More here.