Obama addresses ‘diaper gap’ on Mother’s Day

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President Obama on Sunday addressed the “diaper gap,” commending the many people and businesses that have joined the effort to help provide diapers to low-income families.

More than 740 nonprofit locations have now been accepted into the Community Diaper Program, which is a partnership between an e-commerce company, a diaper manufacturer and local nonprofits, Obama wrote in a Medium post published on Mother’s Day. The point of the partnership is to help provide free diapers to low-income families. 

{mosads}Other American businesses donated more than 3 million diapers to diaper banks in March, the president wrote.

“And today, I’m happy to announce that more businesses have joined in this effort, adding over one million more donated diapers to that total,” he wrote.

He said people across the country have mobilized to put on diaper drives to further address the issue.

“This is what we can achieve when we work together,” he wrote, noting this as an example of what can happen when the government works with the private sector to address issues.

He emphasized that Republicans and Democrats alike “have a role to play in keeping our families and communities strong.”

In the post, the president said last December, a mother from Illinois wrote to him explaining that she had dropped out of school and taken a part-time job to try to provide for her family. But she still struggled to afford the cost of living, along with the amount of money needed to provide diapers for her newborn baby.

The president said access to diapers is important for both a child’s health and safety and for a mother’s mental health.

“I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be a parent that has to choose between diapers and other basic expenses. Access to clean diapers isn’t just important for a child’s health and safety,” Obama wrote in the post.

“Research has shown that mothers who are unable to afford diapers for their babies are more likely to suffer from maternal depression and mental health issues.”

He said parents “deserve better.”

“That’s why, in addition to addressing the diaper gap in my budget, I challenged the private sector to apply their expertise and innovative thinking toward creating a solution for families that cannot afford diapers,” he wrote.

“So today, in addition to saying thank you to all the mothers out there — looking at you, Michelle! — I want to recognize all the companies, nonprofits, community organizations, and American citizens that have banded together to address the diaper gap,” he wrote.

“There’s a lot more work to do, and because this is an important issue for dads too, I hope to report more progress by Father’s Day. But I’m proud to say that we’re off to a great start.”


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