Legislative effort to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 – Kicking off “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, announced today their efforts to advocate and raise awareness about the growing “diaper gap” among many families living in communities across the state.
“Nationwide, about one in three mothers will have trouble providing diapers for her children,” Youngblood said. “Families across our state are looking for relief and drives like this one can make a real difference. Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults.”
Hill-Evans said: “It’s heartbreaking to think that a child could remain in a soiled diaper so the limited supply of costly diapers can last longer. As legislators, we must continue to join community organizations with contributions of our time and donations, as well as using our full ability to bring awareness to this need.”
Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Youngblood and Hill-Evans (H.R. 1050) designating the week of Sept. 24-30 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth.
Youngblood and Hill-Evans have introduced a package of bills: H.B. 1766, which would streamline the sales and use tax exemption for diapers and incontinence products; H.B. 1815, known as the Community Diaper and Incontinence Act, which would provide grants to help offset the costs associated with operating a diaper bank or donation program; and, H.B. 1820, which would provide for a tax credit to businesses that contribute to programs that help address the growing issue of diaper need in Pennsylvania.
As part of this year’s donation drive, unopened diapers, wipes and other products, including incontinence products and disposable adult undergarments, for the Capitol Diaper Drive will be collected in the East Wing Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day for two weeks, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5. Labeled donation bins will also be placed in locations around the Capitol.
Youngblood also announced her office will collect diapers for those affected by Hurricane Florence.
For more information on “Diaper Need Awareness Week,” the 5th annual Capitol Diaper Drive, or legislative initiatives in Pennsylvania aimed at helping reduce the diaper divide, please contact Youngblood's office at 717-772-9920 or Hill Evans’ office at 717-787-7514.