Friday, January 29, 2016

New Bill to Address Diaper Need for Low-Income Families

One in three families struggle with diaper need, and the poorest 20 percent of families spend 14 percent of their income on diapers. A lack of clean diapers can affect the physical well-being of young children, as well as cause considerable stress for parents and guardians. It can also prohibit families form accessing child care, since many child care providers require parents to provide clean diapers for their children.

The ​Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act (H.R. 4055), recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, will address these needs by creating a demonstration program for distributing diapers to low-income families. It will allow states the flexibility in developing and implementing their diaper distribution program, revealing the best ways to help eligible families access diapers for their young children.

What you can do:
Feeding America and Good Shepherd Food Bank have joined other national, state, and local organizations such as the National Diaper Bank Network, in support of this bill.
Please click here to add your organization's name and state to the letter of support.
The deadline for signing is Friday, February 5, 2016.
GSFB Network is a blog for partner agencies of Good Shepherd Food Bank focused on feeding Maine's hungry.