Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. This means that over 5 million young children are living in families that have a hard time covering the cost of their family’s basic needs, including diapers for their young children. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need.
The Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017, soon to be reintroduced by Congressman Keith Ellison and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, would address diaper need in the U.S. by creating a grant for states to develop demonstration programs for distributing diapers to eligible families. These demonstrations will reveal the best ways to help eligible families access diapers for their young children.
First Focus Campaign for Children and the National Diaper Bank Network are circulating a letter of support. Please take a minute to review and sign this letter to build support for this critical legislation. Let’s make sure Congress knows that helping low-income families access diapers is a top priority!
This letter is open to national, state and local organizations. The deadline for signing is COB Friday, February 17, 2017. We will send signers a copy of the final letter once it has been sent to Congressional leaders.