diaper gap

Cause: #DiaperGap #DiaperNeed

What is Diaper Gap?

Diaper Gap (#DiaperGap) is an inequality caused by financial status and marketing of big discount stores.  It’s no secret that babies use a lot of diapers.  And diapers are a necessity for a baby.  Many Americans would choose to go to big discount stores where they will get the best deal on diapers and get a big box at a time.

However, nearly 1/3 of American families struggle to afford enough diapers.

Disposable diapers can cost an average of $936 per child per year.  For lower income families, this cost equals to 14% of their annual income.  Many families struggle to afford diapers because they can’t stock up when it’s on sale or have access to wholesale stores.

 

What about government assistance?

Currently, there is no federal assistance for purchasing diapers.  Programs like WIC, SNAP, Medicaid help provide parents with nutritious foods and the supports they and their babies need to stay healthy, but does not include diapers.

 

What about cloth diapers?

While cloth diapers can be a cheaper alternative in the long run, there is a steep upfront cost.  Also, most daycares will not accept cloth diapers.  Many low-income families also do not have access to washers & dryers to keep cloth diapers clean and many laundromats will NOT allow cloth diapers to washed due to sanitation concerns.

 

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What’s the health risk of not having enough diapers?

Not being able to change diapers regularly can cause rashes and  urinary tract infections.  These are serious health issue for babies which can also lead to emotional and mental health issues for both baby and parents.

 

How is Clear Charity helping?

The national average cost per diaper is around $0.33.  However, when families buy a small box at the nearby retail store, it may cost them as much as $0.50 per diaper.  Due to this higher cost, it’s been reported that low-income families spend as much as 14% of their income toward diapers alone.  To assist with this issue, we currently have two active programs that provides either FREE or subsidized diapers to families in need.

 

How Can I Help?

  • Share this page or any other resources to raise awareness & talk about this issue.
  • Donate to our program to continue supply of diapers.
  • Host a Diaper Drive to support our programs.
  • Contact us to Volunteer or to find other ways to help!

 

Clear Charity’s Programs:

Close The Diaper Gap & OC Diaper Bank

Let’s Do a Diaper Drive!

 

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4 replies
  1. Marisol Quintana
    Marisol Quintana says:

    I see an adress , and today’s date around 12pm to 4pm is there a number I can call ? And do they offer free diapers today I have a 3year old and pregnant due in April I would like to start getting some diapers for free I don’t have the extra income to purchase any at this time

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    • Jay
      Jay says:

      Hello Diana, we typically have diaper open hours on Tuesday afternoon & you can come in to get premium diapers at low price & you don’t need any low income qualifications. If you do qualify for low-income assistance, we have additional programs that can help reduce price of diapers even further.
      Go here for full details: http://www.closethediapergap.org

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