Alysia Cox, our 2014 Women's Policy Institute fellow, writes about the diaper shortage facing agencies throughout California and the legislation—AB 1516 (Lorena Gonzalez)—her team is working on this year to address the unmet diaper needs.
Ask a county social worker, a food bank director, or any organization that assists families in low-income communities, and you will likely learn that they all experience a similar predicament each month. They do not have enough diapers.
Diapers are the most requested basic need item, and organizations always run out.
Unmet diaper needs impact families’ ability to work and the public health of the communities where they live. Because diapers are required by most child care facilities, lack of diapers can reduce access to work and poor diapering can facilitate the spread of disease in public spaces.