September 8 - 14, 2014: Diaper Need Awareness Week

WHEREAS, diaper need, the condition of not having a sufficient supply of clean diapers to ensure that infants and toddlers are clean, healthy and dry, can adversely affect the health and welfare of infants, toddlers and their families; and

WHEREAS, national surveys report that one in three mothers experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age and forty-eight percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply; and

WHEREAS, the average infant or toddler requires an average of 50 diaper changes per week over three years; and

WHEREAS, diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or WIC vouchers, therefore obtaining a sufficient supply of diapers can cause economic hardship to families; and

WHEREAS, a supply of diapers is generally an eligibility requirement for infant and toddlers to participate in childcare programs and quality early education programs; and

WHEREAS, the people of Michigan recognize that addressing diaper need can lead to economic opportunity for the state’s low-income families and can lead to improved health for families and their communities; and

WHEREAS, Michigan is proud to be home to various community organizations like Catholic Charities West Michigan that recognize the importance of diapers in helping provide economic stability for families and distribute diapers to poor families through various channels; now

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the week of September 8th through September 14th, 2014 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Michigan.