SB21-027 (Pettersen/Gonzales-Gutierrez & Tipper) Emergency Supplies for Colorado Babies and Families

Originally Posted: February 19, 2021
Last Updated: February 19, 2021

Summary

This bill would provide funding to nonprofit organizations across the state, including diaper banks and family resource centers, to allow these organizations to distribute diapers to families in their communities.  

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Even before the pandemic, one in three families reported experiencing diaper needFamilies are not able to use assistance like SNAP and WIC to help purchase diapers, and report re-using disposable diapers or using plastic bags and toilet paper when they run out of diapers each month. This leads to health complications for babies. Some parents also report missing up to four days of work per month due to not being able to provide enough diapers to their child care. There is a strong connection between diaper need and maternal depression, which impacts moms and babiesDiapers are one of the most basic, essential things that parents need to be able to provide for their children.

Current Status

Introduced in the Senate on Feb. 16 and assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee