Chicago native Faustina Beninato is faced with a terrible choice every month: whether to spend her limited income on food or menstrual hygiene products. Temporarily homeless, she roams malls and the Harold Washington Library during the day – where she devotes two hours to job searching – and rides CTA trains at night to avoid […]
Imagine being down to your last $5 and having to choose between tampons to get you through your period—or buying dinner for your family. Or, picture not being able to go to work—or school—because you don’t have the products you need to get through the day comfortably. For thousands of low-income women in the United States—and in the Chicago area—it’s reality. And that’s where we come in. For us, it’s more than giving women comfort. It’s giving them their health and dignity back.
The Period Collective (TPC) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, providing feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income women throughout the greater Chicago area.
In addition to donating to our cause, there are plenty of ways to get involved with TPC. Whether you have a few hours a week, a month, or a year, we’d love your assistance with fulfilling our mission.
TPC provides pads, tampons, liners, wipes, and incontinence products—partnering with local organizations to distribute products through homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, prisons, schools, and food banks.
Shelters and food banks very rarely receive donations of feminine hygiene products—and there’s a dire need. These products are not covered by SNAP (Food Stamps). Homeless women can be left to improvise with donated socks or wadded up toilet paper, often with limited access to showers and clean bathrooms.
The producers of a film about menstruation got emotional — understandably — during Sunday’s Oscars.
After winning the category for Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Academy Awards for their film Period. End of Sentence., the female producers, including Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi, took the stage to deliver their acceptance speech.
Read the full article on People.com
“Moshi, Tanzania — Every month when payday came around, Suzana Frederick purchased a packet of sanitary pads. It was the first thing she bought. And when her period started, she knew she was ready for it. The 19-year-old single mother from Arusha, Tanzania, was making 30,000 shillings ($13) a month as a housekeeper and would spend […]