Orange County leaders approve American Rescue plan funding to help families in need

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Orange County commissioners approved a plan that would use American Rescue plan funding to help families in need.

The funding will help families struggling to make ends meet by helping them to buy diapers for their babies.

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Orange County mother Trinity Davis says she budgets at least $100 a month to make sure her 2-year-old daughter Kamiya has clean diapers, but that’s money she could use for other things.

“Right now $100 is a lot that’s two weeks of gas for me,” Davis said.

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Davis said with another baby on the way that expense is going to grow.

According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 families with young children in the U.S. are struggling to access diapers and 3 out of 5 of those adults have had to miss work because they didn’t have a clean diaper to send with their children to daycare.

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Sharon Lyles, executive director of the Central Florida Diaper Bank, said the recently approved funding will help them expand services by purchasing a new mobile unit that will bring the diapers directly to community centers and qualifying residents.

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“There are tons of parents with children living in hotels, they don’t have the transportation to get to us,” Lyles said.

More information on the Central Florida Diaper Bank can be found here.

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