Today, state Senator Tina Maharath announced the passage of Senate Bill 80, which would designate the last week of September as Diaper Needs Awareness Week.
“Far too often, families are forced to choose between putting food on the table and buying the appropriate number of diapers for their children. We must do more to ensure that all Ohio families with babies and toddlers have access to the diapers they need,” said Maharath. “Senate Bill 80 is an important first step in recognizing and addressing this problem.”
Children in low-income families are at the greatest risk of suffering from a lack of diapers. Current public support programs, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), offer some help, but families with young children have additional needs. While TANF can be used to purchase diapers, these benefits cover many other expenses, and diaper needs often come last for many families. By raising awareness of low-income families’ diaper needs, this bill also encourages the Ohio Legislature and all Ohioans to increase support for diaper bank programs in Ohio.
This bill is supported by the Columbus Diaper Coalition, the Columbus Diaper Bank and resource pantries throughout Central Ohio.
The bill now heads to the Ohio House of Representatives.