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March 2021

'Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Living Diaper to Diaper' [nytimes.com]

By Jessica Grose, The New York Times, March 17, 2021 If your child is not potty trained, how many diapers do you have on hand right now? That’s a question I certainly wouldn’t have been able to answer with any specificity when my children were babies. But it’s a question that parents who struggle to afford the expense — about $70-$80 per month, per baby — can answer easily, because managing diaper need is among their most significant anxieties. That’s what a new study from Jennifer Randles,...

Supporting Skagit County (WA) Families in Need

Hard Times On September 29, 2008, the stock market crashed, and many families in the U.S. and Canada faced a major economic recession and the prospect of losing their jobs or wages. What happens when parents find themselves unable to pay for the basics? What do they do when there are too little resources for something as seemingly simple as providing their child with a clean diaper? In 2010, the Huggies Every Little Bottom Study (Diaper Need in the U.S. and Canada), generated by interest in...

Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up (Washington Post)

By Hannah Denham, March 1, 2021, Washington Post. Without federal aid, diaper banks struggle to keep up with skyrocketing need and fewer donations Chelesa Presley is deeply familiar with the struggles of young families, first from her years as a social worker and now from running a nonprofit in one of Mississippi’s poorest regions. She’s used to the questions about car seats, nursing and colicky babies, but paying for diapers is always the chronic and most-pressing worry. “I see parents not...

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