Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2024

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access


Melissa Nemon


Diaper need is a prevalent issue for families with young children throughout the country. One in two families in the United States, cannot afford enough diapers to keep their child clean, comfortable, and healthy (National Diaper Bank, 2021). Given the limited resources within the community and the absence of adequate safety net programs, families are vulnerable to health and social disparities. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), and Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) are three government assistance programs, designed to help low-income families. This project looks at how lawmakers can utilize public benefits to support families with diaper needs. My recommendation calls for financial assistance for diapers to be included in SNAP and WIC benefits. A stipend of $100 a month per child would be reasonable for families to afford diapers. I would also recommend funding for diaper distribution programs that provide diaper assistance for families who may be experiencing financial hardship but do not qualify for SNAP and WIC benefits.