September 28 - October 4, 2015: 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, 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.