1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers for their children.
34% of families surveyed had cut back on basics such as food, utilities or child care in order to purchase diapers for their child.
22% of all children under five years of age in the United States live in poverty.
Poverty is most pronounced in households led by single mothers, where 54% of children live in poverty (as opposed to 10% of children under five in double-parent households).
At an average cost of $18 per week, families require $936—more than 4% of poverty-threshold income—per child per year for diapers.
Families from a range of incomes struggle to afford diapers, including both families who fall below the federal guideline of poverty ($22,350 for a family of four) and families with incomes above the federal poverty guideline but who are still considered low-income.
Research suggests that families earning twice the federal poverty guideline still struggle to meet their basic needs.
A Small Hand is an outreach project based at Edinburg Christian Church.
Our goal is to provide help to infants (newborn to 36 months) in Shenandoah County in the form of a week's supply of formula, food, disposable diapers and wet-wipes, plus gently used clothing and baby items as donations permit.
We want this to become truly a community project, and welcome people of goodwill from all parts of Shenandoah County to serve on our Board, help in our 'shop', and work to collect goods to fill our shelves.