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 full0time 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 such as The Diaper Alliance, The Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank, Diaper Depot at Ascension, Diapers for the D, Great Start Parent Coalition in Kent County, The Natural Momma Me Initiative, St. Luke Diaper Bank, Maternal Outreach, Nestlings and others that recognize the importance of diapers in helping to provide economic stability for families. These organizations distribute diapers to families in need through various channels;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 25-October 1, 2017 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Michigan.