Obama makes Mother's Day plea to address 'diaper gap'

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President Barack Obama commemorated Mother's Day with a Medium postexplaining his plan to help families that have difficulty affording diapers.

"Last December, a young mother from Illinois wrote to me with a plea for help," Obama wrote. "Even after dropping out of school and taking a part-time job to provide for her family, she still struggled to make ends meet, in part because of the cost of diapers for her newborn baby."

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A soldier hugs the President as he greeted U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

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Obama claps as he passes by 'The President's Own' US Marine Band on the White House grounds.

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Obama greets US troops as he holds a Veterans Day event at the US Army Garrison at Yongsan military base in Seoul November 11, 2010.

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Obama shakes the prosthetic hand of Medal of Honor award recipient Army Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry. Army SFC Petry lost his right hand tossing away a grenade to save his fellow soldiers during combat in Afghanistan.

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President Barack Obama speaks to soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division during a visit to Fort Drum in New York, June 23, 2011.

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President Barack Obama talks with WWII veteran Kenneth (Rock) Merritt aboard Marine One after departing the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2014.

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Obama greets US military service members and their families at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.

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Obama poses for a photo with troops at Camp Victory in Baghdad.

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Obama greets US service members at the Pentagon.

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Obama signs a patient's military banner while visiting wounded warriors at Walter Reed.

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Obama fist-bumps a US soldier at Camp Victory in Baghdad.

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President Obama visits service members in Afghanistan.

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President Barack Obama poses for a photograph with Oregon National Guardsman, from left, Alek Skarlatos Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. The three helped prevent a terror attack on a French train in August 2015.

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Obama hugs a soldier while visiting troops at Camp Victory in Baghdad.

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President Barack Obama is introduced at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before giving the commencement address.

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President Obama meets with members of military families.

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President Barack Obama jokes with Commander Wendy Halsey and Command Master Chief Al Marcucci following his arrival at Camp David, Md., for the G8 Summit, May 18, 2012.

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The President applauds Medal of Honor honorees, from left, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela, and Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia, during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The President awarded these three Army veterans plus 21 others posthumously the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

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President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki encourage participants during the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014.

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President Barack Obama visits soldiers at the USO at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on June 5, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) in the Blue Room following a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, June 19, 2014.

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President Barack Obama watches as members of the National Naval Medical Center's Marine Wounded Warrior basketball team play on the White House Basketball Court, Oct. 8, 2009.

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Obama greets military personnel after taking part in a ceremony welcoming the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride at the White House.

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The president then discussed his plans to address the "diaper gap." Nearly 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford enough diapers, according to the White House.

"In addition to addressing the diaper gap in my budget, I challenged the private sector to apply their expertise and innovative thinking toward creating a solution for families that cannot afford diapers," he wrote. "That's millions of more diapers for low-income families. That's more babies who are being kept clean, healthy and safe. That's more parents — and more moms on this Mother's Day — who can go to sleep at night, confident that they're meeting one of their child's most fundamental needs."

Over 740 nonprofit locations nationwide have been accepted into the Community Diaper Program, which aims to provide diapers to low-income families for free, Obama said.

He then called on Republicans and Democrats, as well as the public and private sectors, to work together on the issue and expressed appreciation for those who participated in the program.

"In addition to saying thank you to all the mothers out there — looking at you, Michelle! — I want to recognize all the companies, nonprofits, community organizations and American citizens that have banded together to address the diaper gap."

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