Diaper gap leaves low-income families struggling

The White House estimates low-income families spend 14 percent of their salary on diapers

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(CBS) – The Obama Administration says low-income families spend twice as much than higher income families on buying diapers.

The White House estimates low-income families spend 14 percent of their salary on diapers. There is no federal aid for buying them and families often have limited internet access to find deals online, or they live far from big box stores to buy in bulk.

Clara Gayton says the $75 a month she spends on diapers stretches her budget to the limit.

“I make pretty good money. My husband makes pretty good money, and it still disappears and rent is really high. Then, you have to buy the kids food and clothing,” Gayton said.

Gayton turned to Clear Charity, an organization in California, for help. She buys diapers for half the wholesale price.

The White House launched the Community Diaper Program this past spring. The program connects private companies and non-profits to help provide millions of diapers to families in need. Nearly one in three American families struggle to afford them.

The Cuties brand is making diapers with a simpler design and online discounter jet.com is selling them at no profit with free shipping to community organizations. The program expects to help provide 10 million diapers this year alone.

“It’s hard to go to your local grocery store and expect to get a $5 pack of diapers. That’s not realistic,” said Dana Perez with Clear Charity.

The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet is a non-profit organization that loans out cloth diapers to low-income families for free. There are nearby chapters in Warren and Findlay, Ohio. Anyone who is interested in applying for the program is encouraged to message them on Facebook.

Making Kids Count in Boardman also partners with several community agencies to provide diapers.

Mahoning County Partner Agencies:

Mahoning County Help Me Grow – Mahoning County Education Service Center
100 DeBartolo Place, Suite 220 Youngstown, OH 44512-7019
(330) 965-7912

Mahoning County Children Services
222 W. Federal Street Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 941-8888

Catholic Charities
319 W. Rayen Avenue Youngstown, OH 44502
(330) 744-3320

St. Elizabeth’s Ambulatory Care Center
1002 Covington Street Youngstown, OH 44501
(330) 480-3676

Planned Parenthood Youngstown
77 Midlothian Blvd. Youngstown
(800) 230-7526

Neighborhood Ministries – Rockford Village Center
1402B Dogwood Lane Youngstown, OH 44509
(330) 744-1446

The Potter’s Wheel
145 N. Glenellen Ave. Youngstown, OH 44509

Trumbull County Partner Agencies:

Trumbull County Help Me Grow – Trumbull County Health Department
176 Chestnut Ave. N.E. Warren, OH 44483
(330) 675-2489

Planned Parenthood Cortland
2668 Elm Road Medical Park Building C Cortland, OH 44410
(330) 399-5104

Catholic Charities
175 Laird Ave. N.E. Warren, OH 44482
(330) 393-4254

Betty’s Angels (Diapers are only available to children living at residence.)

Columbiana County Partner Agencies:

Columbiana County Help Me Grow
7360 Ohio 45 Lisbon, OH 44432
(330) 424-0288

The Way Station (Both Columbiana and East Liverpool Locations)
909 Heck Road Columbiana, OH 44408
(330) 482-5072

125 West Fifth Street East Liverpool, OH 43920
(330) 932-0353

St. Paul’s Church – Centro San Pablo, Hispanic Minstry
935 E. State Street Salem, OH 44460
(330) 332-0336

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