The mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro proclaimed the last week of September as Diaper Need Awareness Week to bring attention to the lack of access to diapers experienced by those who live in poverty.
Governor Roy Cooper also proclaimed the week as Diaper Need Awareness Week for the state of North Carolina.
According to a study in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, families with children in diapers spend up to $125 a month on diapers. This cost is not covered by federal nutrition safety net programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
While issues like food scarcity are frequently talked about, diaper need is often overlooked. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said that declaring Diaper Need Awareness Week is an important reminder for the community that people need diapers.
The proclamations were made in partnership with Diaper Bank of North Carolina, which works with established family-support organizations to provide diapers and other personal hygiene products to low-income or poverty-stricken families across the state. The nonprofit distributes over 200,000 diapers a month throughout North Carolina.