Period Poverty

Period Poverty is a term used to describe inadequate access to period products and the issues that go along with “that time of the month”. Often families are forced to make the hard decisions between putting food on the table or purchasing pads for their daughters; consequently, the absentee rate from school for these young girls is higher because they don’t have the proper protection to allow them to attend. Women who are trying to provide for themselves and their families also can fall into this category; they need feminine hygiene products so they can work, but often it’s in exchange for buying food. The same scenario can also effect adults who suffer from incontinence; purchasing grown-up diapers is not cheap. Food or personal hygiene protection…it shouldn’t have to be a choice. Why are we bringing this to your attention? Because many of the people we serve at our Circle of Friends Shoppe possibly fall into this category. We need your help so we can help them! During the month of February, we are kicking off LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR; EVEN IF IT’S AWKWARD. Our hope is to start stocking the Shoppe with these resources, along with the other hygiene products that we already have on hand, so that we can offer them to individuals who are coming through. Your help in our efforts as we get this up and rolling is greatly appreciated as is your continued support with this throughout the year!! Items can be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm at Immanuel Church501 Walnut Street West Bend, WI 53095