Imagine having to choose between buying food or buying sanitary products for your period. Imagine having just used your last menstrual necessities, with no money to purchase more.
This is a reality for many.
Every month, some of our neighbors feel a sense of helplessness or embarrassment because they lack basic hygiene necessities. Girls are forced to stay home from school during their periods, missing critical learning and developmental time. Women frequently miss work, which can lead to lost wages and further compound the cycle of poverty.
Menstrual hygiene necessities are not covered by SNAP, WIC or other government programs, and are rarely available at food pantries. As a result, countless people are left without products that many of us take for granted. The majority of states still tax these products. No menstruator should be made to feel ashamed of their body and the natural rhythm of being human.
Having basic hygiene necessities is life-changing, increasing one’s sense of respect and self-worth. Women, girls and all menstruators gain confidence and thrive when they can engage in daily activities without worrying about their periods.
“Thank you so much for the Dignity Grows Tote. I feel better about myself having the items I need, but can’t afford, and feel good about carrying them around in the tote bag.”
– Sara, high school student
“My anxiety levels greatly increase when I need to get menstrual products. The fact that there is a group that cares enough to help me through these times, has impacted me in a way they probably didn’t recognize until now. Dignity Grows really helps me each month. Thank you.”
– anonymous transgender student
– Marissa, college student