An estimated 17,000 Kansas City kids don't have enough diapers.
Their families just can't afford them.
"Diapers and other hygiene products – including cleaning supplies – are not provided by any state or federal subsidy," says Joanne Goldblum, executive director of the National Diaper Bank Network.
And diapers, especially the disposable kind required by most childcare centers, are a significant expense, up to $100 a week.
If that amount seems high, Goldblum says it's because poor families don't have the same resources as wealthier ones.