Published on November 17th, 2011 | by Heather Vaughn4
Support Diaper Action WeekThis week, November 14-18, is Diaper Action Week. Our friends at Help A Mother Out are coordinating this grassroots effort to raise awareness and gather petition signatures in support of the "DIAPER" Act. As part of a broader coalition, HAMO is supporting this legislative effort spearheaded and sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. The DIAPER act will amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. With no new appropriations required, the DIAPER Act is simply a change in the wording of the Grant Act that will allow subsidized childcare facilities to use some of their funds for diapering supplies (disposable or cloth), should they choose to serve their clients that way.
Recently, Jenn Labit shared why she feels The DIAPER Act (HR 3134) is so important for families in need:
The DIAPER Act (HR 3134) would provide diapers to families using subsidized childcare, enabling both parents to work and bring home income that would improve their family’s standard of living. Food is expensive. Diapers are expensive. Childcare providers require that you provide diapers for your baby. It’s difficult to work, even when childcare is free, if you can’t afford to buy diapers for your baby to use during the day.We support the DIAPER Act because it includes financing for the purchase of and laundering of cloth diapers. It also helps with the purchase of disposable diapers, enabling families without washing facilities to have access to clean, safe diapers for their baby.
... We have been writing for several years now about how low income families simply don’t have reasonable access to diapers. We know how badly the babies in these communities need diapers. As a single company though, Cotton Babies can’t possibly “fix” all of the needs the babies have in those areas. Laws governing WIC don’t allow the support of anything but nutrition services. Food stamps work in grocery stores and don’t work on diapers.
Learn more about the DIAPER Act on the Help A Mother Out website. On this page you can show your support for the DIAPER Act by signing the online petition.
After you sign the petition, share the links with your friends via e-mail or social media. If you tweet, please use the #DiaperAct hashtag to call attention to this social campaign.
You can also read more of Jenn's thoughts on the DIAPER Act in the full post on www.jennlabit.com