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PERIOD PLUS

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated numerous public health disparities: food access, health care, and, less frequently discussed, “period poverty.” A recent study conducted by the Always brand revealed that, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 3 young people feel less confident because they have missed after school activities due to not having sufficient access to period products, and 1 in 3 parents are worried about their ongoing ability to afford period products.

 

Too many individuals living in poverty are unable to access the basic products required to manage their menstrual health. When girls don’t have access to period products, not only do they not feel protected, but it also puts their confidence, dignity and education at risk. They are less likely to be able to participate in their education and other activities, and if they are, they are likely to feel distracted and unable to focus on reaching their full potential.

 

Nevertheless, Atlanta GLOW is committed to keeping girls in school and women in the workforce. We partner with schools, communities and nonprofit organizations to provide essential hygiene care packages, including menstrual products, to distribute to the women and girls who need them most.

There are currently few ongoing programs like ours that assist low income students and families with feminine hygiene products. Our hygiene care packages are given to the families who individually request them and/or at various distribution sites (e.g., schools, women’s shelters).

REQUEST a period+ Kit

Eligible individuals may Request a Period+ Kit to help offset their ongoing costs of purchasing period and hygiene products (Eligibility Criteria). Each kit contains the following items:

  • Pads, tampons and liners

  • Soap or body wash

  • Deodorant or fragrance

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Shampoo and comb

  • Toothbrush and paste

  • Positive affirmation card

Most hygiene items are TSA-approved travel size products. Our kits may also contain additional hygiene and/or beauty products than those listed above.

Coalitions

 

Atlanta GLOW is a proud member of the Alliance for Period Supplies and Georgia Stomp. The Alliance for Period Supplies is a national organization working to ensure that individuals in need have access to essential period products required to participate fully in daily life. Georgia Stomp is a statewide coalition of organizations formed to address the issues of menstrual equity and period poverty in Georgia. Through these collaborations, we are engaged in training, outreach and non-lobbying advocacy work to educate and engage communities about the policies and key decisions affecting menstrual equity and period poverty.

Become a Partner

Working in partnership with local schools, colleges, shelters, pantries and community organizations, we are able to distribute thousands of period supplies to low-income women and girls in Georgia. If you are interested in becoming a distribution partner, you may complete our Period+ Product Request Form.

GET INVOLVED
 
You can participate in the cause and help fight the stigma by talking about periods everyday! Here are a few other ways you can 
help us #endperiodpoverty and achieve menstrual equity for all: