“Low-income girls and women are most at risk to be impacted by period poverty,” says Dr. Jessica Shepherd, OB/GYN and U by Kotex partner, “despite the prevalence of period poverty, only four percent of respondents were aware of a local resource where free or reduced cost period supplies are available. This demonstrates a need to continue driving conversations around period poverty and periods, in general.”
Project Dignity was formed in April of 2017 and in that year we distributed almost 5,600 pieces of product in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. Since then, we have expanded into Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties. In 2019, we distributed over 168,000 pieces of products to 118 schools and 38 social service agencies! #endperiodpoverty
1 in 4 teens in the US has missed class due to lack of access to period supplies. To combat this, Project Dignity supplies feminine hygiene product to EVERY public elementary, middle, and high school within Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania County. #endperiodpoverty
Period supplies are necessities not luxuries. Help us advocate to make these products more accessible and affordable. North Carolina remains one of 30 states that taxes these products. #pinktax#endperiodpoverty
As we continue Period Poverty Awareness Week, one of the easiest things you can do is to educate those around you. If you need our help with outreach to your group or organization, send us an e-mail, PM, or give us a call. Our founder, Barbara Morgan, has a goal to educate "everybody over three feet tall" #endperiodpoverty Will you help us by taking one or both of these pledges?