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Diaper Need

Five new ways for your community to help this holiday season

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

The season is coming for food drives, organized to make sure that struggling people in our communities have a good Thanksgiving dinner and a more stab...

Not getting by in America

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Many Iowans - even those who are working full-time - cannot pay their bills, two recent studies show. The United Ways of Iowa found that 31 percent of...

A Mother's Day Wish for Moms in Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

It isn't that poor moms and dads aren't willing to work -- it's that the economy offers them so few opportunities to prosper from hard work and that safety net programs are inadequate to supplement low wages or provide for those who cannot work.

White House Takes Action to Keep Babies Clean, Dry, Healthy

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Last week the White House announced a major policy initiative to help the one in three American families who experience diaper need. For someone who h...

Diapers Are a Necessity, and Helping Working Families Afford Them Is One Too

Lorena Gonzalez | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Lorena Gonzalez

Assembly Bill 717 would exempt diapers from sales tax like in seven other states, a simple bit of financial relief for new parents that can add up to the cost of a full month of diapers annually.

Lawmakers get real about child poverty with diaper bills

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Earlier this year San Francisco became the first city to provide diapers for families living in poverty. A bill before Congress would pilot a similar ...

Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

Nurses Collect More Than 225,000 Diapers to Help Families in Need

Lynn Erdman | Posted 11.03.2016 | Impact
Lynn Erdman

Many people aren't aware that one out of every three families in the United States struggle to provide enough clean diapers for their children. As a nurse, I witnessed first-hand children being admitted to the hospital for serious infections and severe rashes due to a lack of clean diapers.

Working to Wipe Out Diaper Need

Lynn Erdman | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Lynn Erdman

Most people do not know that one out of every three families in the United States struggle to buy enough diapers for their children. On average, infants and toddlers require 8-12 diapers a day.

To Help People in Poverty, We Must Ask the Right Questions

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.15.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I created the Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum to help others recognize when the lack of a material thing - often a simple one - is causing serious problems. It can shine a light on ways to help people become healthier and more independent almost immediately.

Children Raised in Poverty Have Smaller Brains

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Joanne Goldblum

Information like this can lead in two directions: to despair or to action. Despair is a non-starter. Putting aside humanitarian concerns, the United States cannot afford to limit the prospects of the 20 percent of its children who grow up in poverty.

What Do I Say When a 10-Year-Old Sweetly Turns to Me and Asks, "Maybe Poor People Just Shouldn't Be allowed to have babies?"

Corinne Cannon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Corinne Cannon

The questions that get me, the ones that I turn over and over in my mind searching for better answers to are the ones that come from kids.

The Diaper Tax

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Joanne Goldblum

Baby diapers are taxed in most states. Adult incontinence products are more likely to be exempt. There is a reason why sales tax usually does not apply to food or medicine. They are necessities. In what world are diapers not?

A Week to Be Aware -- and To Be Kind

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

We still call diaper need a "silent crisis," because many Americans don't know that one in three low-income families struggles to afford clean diapers for their children.

A Program That Treats Moms Like the Precious Resource They Are

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Gabrielle had lost her job in human resources and did not know how she was going to feed her two children. "I really needed some support," she says. She wasn't just talking about material support. Job loss comes with a whole host of emotional challenges.

Most Powerful Man in the World Grew Up on Food Stamps

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I was at a dinner with Barack Obama through a series of flukes and didn't speak with him long. But I wanted to know what the president thought about child poverty. He reminded me that his mother used Food Stamps when he was young. This has been written about before, but hearing him say it struck me.

New Year's Resolutions To Do Right By Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.

Hate to Clean? Be Thankful

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

This Thanksgiving, when you're feeling grateful for your feast, also think about the napkins, the well-scrubbed faces around your table and the prospect of cleaning the oven when it's all over.

Social Change: It's Like Riding a Bike

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

One man, a bike, half a million diapers and a whole new approach to helping families in need.

What Safety Net?

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Families across the country are making unacceptable choices: Heat or rent? Food or soap? It's no wonder that the diaper banks I work with around the country report more families asking for assistance.

The Big Change

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

There is no federal program to assist low-income families with diaper purchases. That's right: You can't use food stamps to buy diapers. Some states even charge sales tax on diapers.

Mistakes They Can't Afford to Make

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

We all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes cost us money. Many of us can afford a mistake or two. We pay the bank, the mechanic or the gas company and we move on. Some people cannot afford to make mistakes.

Start Early to Close the Achievement Gap

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I'm not offering a magic bullet to close the achievement gap. Complex problems, unfortunately, tend to require complex solutions. But I can think of two key elements to any effort to address the gap.