September 24-30, 2018: Diaper Need Awareness Week

WHEREAS, diaper need (the condition of not having a sufficient supply of clean diapers to ensure that infants and toddlers are clean, healthy and dry) can adversely affect the health and welfare of infants, toddlers and their families; and,

WHEREAS, national surveys report that one in three mothers experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age and forty-eight percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply; and,

WHEREAS, the average infant or toddler requires an average of 50 diaper changes per week, over three years; and,

WHEREAS, there are no government assistance programs for the purchase or provision of diapers, and a sufficient supply of diapers can cost as much as six percent of a full-time minimum wage worker’s salary, therefore obtaining a sufficient supply of diapers can cause economic hardship to families; and,

WHEREAS, a supply of diapers is generally an eligibility requirement for infants and toddlers to participate in childcare programs and quality early education programs; and,

WHEREAS, addressing diaper need can lead to economic opportunity for the state’s low-income families and can lead to improved health for families and their communities; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is proud to be home to various community organizations including St. Luke’s Diaper Bank, Baby Basics of Troy, Catholic Charities West Michigan, Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach, Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County, Macomb Feeding the Need, Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank, Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank, Nestlings Diaper Bank, Diaper Alliance, and Natural Momma Me Initiative, that recognize the importance of diapers in helping provide economic stability for families and distribute diapers to poor families through various channels;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 24-30, 2018 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Michigan.