4 Your Community: Kiwanis Club helps close ‘diaper disparity’

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(March 23, 2016) -- A local group wants to help families close the gap on the diaper divide.

Nearly 1 in 3 American families will struggle to buy enough diapers, which can lead to serious health problems for both babies and parents.

Recently, the White House encouraged online retailers, diaper manufacturers and nonprofit organizations to help with what’s being called the “diaper disparity.”

“The White House released new numbers show that low income families spend on average $939 per kid per child on diapers per year,” said Steve Hadt of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis.  “That is a huge expense."

The Kiwanis Club is asking people to donate to the Diaper Dump Service Project.

“We hope the diaper dump that we are able to fill the gap and help struggling families meet the needs of their children,” said Hadt.

The Kiwanis Club is partnering with the B.A.B.E store, an incentive program run by the Marion County Health Department.

Parents can go stock up at the store, since assistance programs don't cover diapers.

“You can't purchase diapers with WIC or snap or a food stamp program,” said Rhonda Cantrell with B.A.B.E store at Eskenazi Health.

You can drop off diapers to the Kiwanis Club’s offices by the Pyramids at 3636 Woodview Trace.

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