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Dear Representative/Senator ______________:
My name is (insert name) and I reside at (insert address).
I am writing to you to ask that you help all parents have access to diapers. Diapers need to be identified as a basic human need and should be subsidized for low-income families. I ask that you remove the tax on diapers and allow them to be purchased through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
About 1 in 3 families in the United States struggle to provide diapers, typically at a 9-diaper deficit. This deficit not only causes medical concerns for the child, but also creates stressors for the family. This stressor is not only financial in the ability to purchase diapers, but also in time off work or loss of a job. Most daycare settings require diapers to accompany the child or they cannot attend. So, if the parent cannot purchase the diapers, then they cannot attend work because their child cannot attend childcare. As you can see, the diaper deficit not only affects 1 in 3 families but also affects the economy, medical, and mental health services in this country. Again, diapers need to be identified as a basic human need. I appreciate your time and attention to this matter.