2017 Diaper Need Awareness Week

9/24/2017

WHEREAS, access to a sufficient supply of diapers is essential for the health of Virginia’s infants, disabled, and elderly; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, one in three families report needing diapers for an infant or toddler; and

WHEREAS, obtaining a sufficient supply of diapers can pose financial difficulties for low-income families, as diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or WIC vouchers; and

WHEREAS, a supply of diapers is generally required for infants and toddlers to participate in quality childcare and early education programs; and

WHEREAS, addressing diaper needs can lead to economic opportunity for the state’s low-income families and improve the health of our communities; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to be home to the Virginia Diaper Bank Network comprised of A Small Hand, Capital Diaper Bank, Children's Diaper Bank, Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank, Mission of Hope Diaper Bank, Northern Virginia Diaper Bank, Serve a Village Diaper Bank, that recognize the importance of diapers and support their provision to low-income families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 24-30, 2017, as DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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