In many households, the expenses associated with raising a child are daunting, and this is especially true for the low-income households into which 44% of DC children are born. One costly but necessary item is diapers, which are not covered by WIC or food stamps – and babies need from 10 to 12 a day. Partnering with numerous nonprofits, DC Diaper Bank distributes diapers monthly to more than 4,000 families in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, and the Baby Pantry and Nursery Project programs provide formula, baby wipes, hygiene, feeding supplies, and other essentials as well. This simple service alleviates financial stress, enabling parents to spend valuable dollars on food, rent, utilities, and transportation. Moreover, diapers are a "gateway resource" that bring families into social service agencies they would not otherwise seek, and where they access medical care, parenting classes, counseling, and more. Simple, effective, essential – and worthy of your support.