WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of National Diaper Bank Awareness Week this week, the Senate recently passed U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) resolution recognizing the importance of diaper banks and raising awareness about the challenges families face in affording diapers. Brown’s resolution calls for continued support for diaper banks and encourages people to donate to their local diaper bank.

“All across the country, millions of American families are working harder than ever but still struggling to provide basic necessities for their families,” said Brown. “It is important that we honor the work done at diaper banks by supporting their efforts to provide resources for families struggling to make ends meet.”

Millions of American families are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of  child care items, including diapers. Diaper banks provide diapers to families in need, including individuals who can’t afford diapers or who don’t have access to a laundry machine to wash cloth diapers. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, roughly 67 percent of Ohio’s working mothers have infants. Most childcare facilities require parents to provide diapers for their child. Nationally, 57 percent of parents experiencing diaper shortages have reported missing up to four days of school or work because they were not able to provide diapers required by childcare services. 

Along with Brown, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR) Mike Braun (R-IN), Bob Casey (D-PA), Suzan Collins (R-ME), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), John Hoeven (R-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), James Lankford (R-OK), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Tom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the the resolution. 

Full text of Brown’s resolution can be found HERE.