From: The Honorable Keith Ellison
Sent By: Abby.Schanfield@mail.house.gov
Date: 10/26/2015

Dear Colleague:

Due to the high cost of diapers and related supplies, working families  struggle to afford diapers for their infant or toddler. Their income is often insufficient to cover the cost of rent, food and transportation, much less the basic needs for their infant.  Research shows that this unmet need affects the health of the child, and can cause significant stress and mental health issues for the family.  Simply put, without access to affordable diapers, many families cannot work or pursue job opportunities, and their children face illnesses that are otherwise preventable.

To help working families achieve economic independence, we are introducing the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2015. This bill would create a demonstration program for distributing diapers. States will have discretion on how to implement the program, and how to best distribute diapers to eligible families.

Recently, The Atlantic, CNN, and ThinkProgress covered the growing “diaper need”, and the barriers to success it creates. Please join us in helping working families achieve greater economic security by cosponsoring the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2015.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Abby Schanfield in Congressman Ellison’s office, or Eric Anthony in Congresswomen DeLauro’s office.

Sincerely,

Keith Ellison                                                            Rosa DeLauro

Member of Congress                                               Member of Congress