Diaper Need in America and the Baby Hygiene Kit Program
Key Facts on Diaper Need in the United States and California
- In the United States 1 in 3 mothers experiences diaper need.
- This leads to poor mental health and increased stress for the parent, urinary tract infections, diaper dermatitis and other health consequences for the child.
- For families receiving welfare, diapers can account for as much as 14% of a monthly budget.
- More than 14,500 babies were treated for diaper dermatitis in California hospitals in 2015, along with more than 19,000 treated for urinary tract infections and thousands more for related conditions.*
- Diapers are also a requirement for several childcare centers serving low-income parents, making diaper need a potential barrier to childcare and thus employment.
- Beyond diapers, there are also several other basic needs items for infants and toddlers that can be out of reach and pose significant negative health and other impacts.
Our Solution to Diaper Need – The Baby Hygiene Kit Program
SupplyBank.Org is teaming up with Kaiser Permanente, World Vision, several county and state foundations, county and state First 5 agencies and others to launch the pilot Baby Hygiene Kit program. This effort will initially provide diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, diaper bags and other items to families in need in four Bay Area counties. This pilot distribution will initially reach more than 2,000 families through clinics, family resource centers and other agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Santa Clara Counties and several county offices of education and domestic violence shelters statewide.
Once a model is established in each county, the program is expected to scale dramatically. Although a pilot, the goal is to make this become the largest diaper and related product distribution program in the nation.
Other Noteworthy Efforts to Address Diaper Need
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, CA 13th, has cosponsored the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2015 (H.R. 4055), which would make available federal grant funds for states to create, administer and evaluate innovative programs that provide access to one of the most basic needs of every infant and toddler, clean diapers. Click here for full legislation text.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, CA 80th, cosponsored the Diaper Supplement for Eligible CalWORKs Families Bill (A.B. 492), which would offer a monthly $50 supplement per child – age 2 or younger – to be used only for diapers by parents enrolled in CalWORKs who also qualify for childcare as a support service. Click here for full legislation text.
National Diaper Bank Network
SupplyBank.Org is a proud member of the National Diaper Bank Network, which includes more than 315 community-based diaper banks that collect, store and distribute free diapers to struggling families. For more information, visit their site.
How You Can Help
Anyone can support SupplyBank.Org’s Baby Hygiene Kit program by texting “BABY” to 501501 to add $10 to their phone bill to go directly towards the cost of diapers and related items. One text will help one baby for one month!
A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. User must be age 18 or older or have parental permission to participate. By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. Service is available on most carriers. Message & Data Rates May Apply. Donations are collected for the benefit of SupplyBank.Org by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 501501; text HELP to 501501 for help.
*Data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development