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.
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.
What is #DiaperGap?
The national average cost per diaper is around $0.19~0.33. 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. This difference of cost is known as #DiaperGap.
How is Clear Charity / Diaper Aid helping?
We provide unique program under Diaper Aid program where we provide FREE (#DiaperBank) diapers as well as subsidized diapers at deep discount to make up affordability caused by the #DiaperGap. By bridging the Diaper Gap, we are able to provide stability and stable supply for diapers for families in need. (Availability of programs can be different based on location)
Diaper Aid program is expanding into different areas and we welcome partners who want to make a difference in their community through Diaper Aid program.
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:
- CNN: White House pledges to tackle the ‘diaper gap’
- The White House: The Diaper Divide
- NDBN: Diaper Awareness
- Jet.com: JetCares