Diaper Need Awareness Week 2021

Published on September 22, 2021

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WHEREAS, diaper need, the condition of not having a sufficient supply of clean diapers to keep babies and toddlers clean, dry and healthy, can adversely affect the health and well-being of babies, toddlers and their families; and

WHEREAS, national surveys and research studies report that one in three families struggles with diaper need and 48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply; and

WHEREAS, infants and toddlers go through six to twelve diapers each day during the two to three years they wear diapers; and

WHEREAS, purchasing enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy can consume 14 percent of a low-wage family’s post-tax income, making it difficult to provide the necessary supply; and

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, diaper banks across the country saw enormous increases in demand for diapers and expanded their distribution of diapers by an average of 86 percent; and

WHEREAS, the residents of Oro Valley recognize that diaper need is a public health issue and addressing diaper need can lead to economic opportunity for families and communities across the state and improved health for children, thus ensuring all children and families have access to the basic necessities required to thrive and reach their full potential.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph C. Winfield, Mayor of Oro Valley, do hereby proclaim the week of September 27 through October 3, 2021 as


in the Town of Oro Valley and would like to thank all of the diaper banks, their staff, volunteers and donors, for their courageous service during the crisis and encourage the residents of Oro Valley to donate generously to diaper banks, diaper drives and those organizations that collect and distribute diapers to those struggling with diaper need so that all of Oro Valley’s children and families can thrive and reach their full potential.

Dated this 22nd day of September, 2021


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