One in four women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income. As a natural extension of our Diaper Bank, the Junior League of New Orleans has joined the Alliance for Period Supplies to help get period products to individuals in need.
In addition to providing period products through our distribution partners, this program endeavors to raise awareness about “period poverty” and educate people on the barriers faced by women and girls unable to afford feminine products. Just like women can’t go to work or attend school if babies can’t be in diapers at daycare, women can’t work if they don’t have the supplies they need on a monthly basis.
- 1 in 4 women struggled to purchase period products within the past year due to lack of income.
- 1 in 5 low-income women report missing work, school or similar events due to lack of access to period supplies.
- Lack of access to period supplies is linked to using substitute products (toilet tissue or socks), stretching product usage, and missing important events.
- An overwhelming 88% of women agree that period products are a basic necessity.
- Only 4% of women are aware of a local resource where free or reduced cost period supplies are available.
- State and federal safety-net programs cannot be used to purchase period supplies.
Source: 2018 U by Kotex survey conducted with YouGov
Host a Period Supply drive and #AddPads
JLNO accepts donations of period supplies any of its diaper bank drop-off locations. in accordance with these guidelines:
- New, unopened boxes of tampons or pads
- For opened boxes, supplies should still be in their original wrapping
A period supply drive is a great community service project for your school, business, civic group, neighborhood or faith-based organization. Every package of period products that you collect and every dollar you raise will impact individuals who struggle to access the supplies they need.