Diaper Need Awareness Week kicks off in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln’s mayor signed a new proclamation Monday, getting Diaper Need Awareness Week is underway.
The goal is to spread the word about the diaper needs of lower-income families. As diapers can’t be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Women, Infants and Children benefits, some families are forced into making tough decisions.
“Getting that awareness out to others is very important,” said Macala Carter, executive director of the Center for People in Need. “And so that proclamation, and understanding that the mayor is supporting it, just takes that awareness piece to the next level.”
According to the National Diaper Bank, one in three American families struggle to get the diapers they need.
To combat the problem, the Center for People in Need is partnering with the Junior League of Lincoln to host a diaper drive through Sunday.
“For some families, it’s more than just a line item on a budget and is truly a burden,” Carter said. “And so when we can eliminate, alleviate that, what we do is we allow our clients to focus in on other things that are really important.”
You can find a list of diaper dropoff locations here.