Jenn’s Thoughts: Have you ever had to choose between diapers and food? We need your story.
Nine years ago, armed only with a $30 weekly grocery budget and a WIC check, my family was facing the choice between diapers and food. A generous gift enabled us to begin cloth diapering our newborn son when he was four days old. Eight weeks later, we used $100 to start what is now known today as Cotton Babies.
Because of our family’s history, my passion is enabling needy families to have easy access to diapers. Believing that WIC and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – aka: food stamps) are the ideal way to provide this access, I had several meetings last year with senior-level staffers at both organizations. Everyone has acknowledged the depth of the need, but said that it would take an act of Congress to enable either of these agencies to take any action. Existing legislation confines both agencies to items surrounding nutrition.
The author of the DIAPER Act
, Representative Rosa DeLauro, shares my passion for families experiencing diaper need. Last week, I had the privilege of meeting with her to discuss how we can work together to push her DIAPER Act forward. DeLauro and her team believe passionately in the purpose behind this bill, but, to move it forward, we need your help. The Act is supported by research, statistics, and some legislators. Unfortunately, the information being provided to legislators and the media is missing the human element… stories about people like you. Statistics don’t tell stories. Only you can put a face with those numbers.
I’ll be returning to Washington, D.C. in a few weeks to meet again with her team. I’d like to arrive at that meeting with a stack of your stories in a binder. Your face, your baby’s face, your story, where you live, your desire to help your family be in a better place, and how the need to buy diapers impacts your ability to get that job done. Tell your story through the story collector
I’ve put together using Survey Monkey. I’ll use your stories to continue building a case for the DIAPER Act in Washington, D.C. and, with your permission, I’ll share them through my blog
If you would like to learn more about this project, how to contact your legislator regarding the DIAPER Act and how you can help us spread the word to collect more stories, please visit my blog for the full story