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An Inside Look at Ending Diaper Need in America

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)

Hosted by the National Diaper Bank Network, in collaboration with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Congresswoman Barbara Lee

One in three U.S. families struggles to afford clean diapers for their children.

The Lee-DeLauro End Diaper Need Act of 2019 would help address a basic necessity of all babies and toddlers, clean diapers. The bill would create a demonstration program for distributing diapers in states, communities and nonprofits around the nation. Eligible entities would have discretion on how to implement the program, and how to best distribute diapers to eligible families.

Currently, there is no federal assistance for purchasing diapers even though more than 5 million children under the age of 3 live in low-income families. It is past time to address this fundamental need of American families and close the diaper gap.

Opening Remarks

  • U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

  • U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA)

  • Joanne Goldblum - CEO, National Diaper Bank Network.

Moderator

  • Jessica Bartholow - Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty; and Board of Directors, National Diaper Bank Network.

Panelists

  • Sanjeev K Sriram, MD, MPH - “Dr. America,” Pediatrician & Health Justice Activist. He currently practices general pediatrics in southeast Washington, DC, and writes about connections between health policy, inequity, and social determinants of health.

  • Julienne R. Cherry - Director of Agency Relations, Community FoodBank of New Jersey. She directs the organization's diaper bank program and works with more than 50 local partner agencies to distribute free diapers to children and families.

The Congressional Briefing is being held in conjunction with the National Diaper Bank Network Lobby Day, which brings diaper bank leaders and child poverty experts from around the country to Washington to address diaper need.