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, diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or WIC vouchers, 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 infant and toddlers to participate in childcare programs and quality early education programs; and,
WHEREAS, the people of Michigan recognize that 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,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 28 through October 4, 2015, as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Michigan.