Children without diapers are at risk

The Need

  • No federal assistance programs pay for or supply diapers.
  • To sustain clean and healthy growth, a child requires up to 10 diapers per day.
  • The cost for a family in poverty to diaper a child can be upwards of $100 per month.
  • A child who is forced to remain in a wet or soiled diaper is more susceptible to emotional distress and health issues, and is at a higher risk for abuse.
In Florida 42% of families with children are considered low income, 26% of families with children under 6 are classified as poor, 10%  of families are living in extreme poverty

The Hidden Cost

Children aren’t the only ones who struggle with poverty; entire families can be forced into a tough situation without a clear way out.  Most licensed day care facilities require parents to provide an adequate supply of disposable diapers.  If parents cannot afford disposable diapers, they are less able to go to work or school on a consistent basis.  Furthermore, families in poverty are often forced into buying low-quantity, high-priced diapers with the little funds they have.  And with no federal assistance programs available to pay for or provide diapers, many poverty stricken families face a problematic choice between necessities–food, shelter, or diapers.

The Solution

By purchasing in bulk, we can provide diapers at a fraction of the cost that families in poverty would pay.  By covering this basic need, we can help break the cycle of poverty and give families a chance at a self-sustaining life and provide children with the opportunity to grow up healthier and happier.

1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2010.