A 2021 study conducted by the U by Kotex® brand revealed that two in five people have struggled to purchase period products, a 35% increase from the brand’s initial research in 2018. The study also uncovered how period poverty is disproportionately impacting Black and Latina people, as well as how COVID-19 exasperated this public health issue. When young women and 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, work 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. To combat period poverty, we partner with schools, colleges, communities and other nonprofits to distribute menstrual hygiene kits and get them in the hands of 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 available at no charge to individual menstruators as well as at various community-based distribution sites (e.g., public schools, college pantries, churches, shelters, local places of business).
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). Our period kits contain an assorted selection of pads, tampons and/or liners and our hygiene kits contain an assorted selection of items needed to manage menstrual cycles and overall body hygiene with dignity and care (e.g., soap, shampoo, deodorant, wipes, toothpaste, etc.). Reusable menstrual cups are also available upon request, while supplies last.
Atlanta GLOW is a proud member of the Alliance for Period Supplies and the Georgia Stop Tax on Menstrual Products (STOMP) Coalition. 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, churches, 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+ Program Partner Application. Our Distribution Partnership Agreement must be completed, signed and submitted with the request.
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:
Set a goal and plan a period product drive or fundraising drive to benefit Atlanta GLOW. If hosting a period product drive on our behalf, feel free to download our Period Product Donation Drive Flyers to use at your collection site. Recently hosted a drive? Schedule your Period Product Donation Drop-off.
Purchase and download Atlanta GLOW's Menstrual Equity Conversation Cards ($8) for your next gathering of friends!