Why Diapers?

WHAT IS DIAPER NEED? Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or child clean, dry, and healthy. No diapers = no childcare = no work or school. Child care facilities require parents to provide diapers for their child, and government assistance for families in need will not cover the cost of clean diapers. Without fresh diapers, there is no childcare which means Mom & Dad can't go to work.
The problem is growing...1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need. In Middlesex County, over 14,000 children under 5 years old live in low-income families where parents have to choose between paying for diapers, food, heat, and healthcare. Childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day's supply of disposable diapers.
Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8 diapers per day.
Disposable diapers can cost $70-$80 per month, per baby. Without transportation, parents cannot access "big box" stores, and must pay higher prices for diapers at small, local grocery stores. The poor pay more.