People often hear about families facing food insecurity, but the topic of diaper insecurity is not often talked about.
The Obama Administration shed light on what many low-income families in the United States are facing when it comes to not being able to afford diapers and making choices no one should have to make. Nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers for their babies. In some cases, parents stretch the time between diaper changes to make their limited resources last.
This can lead to serious health problems for babies and parents. Young children can end up in the hospital with problems like urinary tract or staph infections. As for adults, the stress of not being able to afford the basics that your baby needs can have lasting effects on parents and caregivers.
There are many families who can afford to have diapers delivered to their homes and purchase them in bulk at big box stores. Meanwhile, there are other families who buy diapers at small grocery stores, corner markets and retail stores that charge more for small packs of diapers.
According to a study done by the White House, low-income families in America spend twice as much as families that have access to bulk-buying options for diapers.
Jae Perez-Kim and his wife, Dana Perez-Kim, created of a non-profit called Clear Charity in Orange to bridge the gap and help families. Twice a month, the couple and volunteers dedicate their time to unboxing, organizing and providing free and low-cost diapers to families in need.
For more information on how to attend Clear Charity’s Diaper Drives or to donate, visit clearcharity.org.