FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED
PLEASE STOP BY AND PICKUP
FREE MENSTRUAL HYGIENE ESSENTIALS!
Place:Berkeley County Town Square
Stars That Shine
Girls United P.E.R.I.O.D
Girls United P.E.R.I.O.D is a Stars That Shine project dedicated to ending period poverty for low-income and homeless (by definition) girls in West Virginia. Our goal is to provide at least 50% of young girls (12-20)
considered homeless or living in poverty in both Jefferson County and Berkeley County, West Virginia the resources and
access to feminine products and women’s health education for free.
1 in 5 teens have struggled to afford menstrual hygiene products and 25% have missed school because of the lack of access to products, according to a 2019 survey of 1,000 U.S students by the Period Equity Organization and the company Thinx.
What is Period Poverty?
Period Poverty can be defined as inadequate access to feminine hygiene products as a result of not being able to afford menstrual cycle essentials monthly. Girls and women across the world suffer from not being able to afford feminine hygiene products monthly. This can result in girls missing school, work, or not being able to participate in everyday activities. Period Poverty is a result of highly-priced and highly taxed feminine hygiene products that are monthly essentials for girls and women's health. Girls from low-income or homeless families are not able to afford these essentials monthly that give them the health, safety, and security they need during their monthly cycle.
Stars That Shine is taking on period poverty in the state of West Virginia where a large percentage of grade school girls are considered low-income or homeless by definition. Our organization aims to give these girls access to free feminine hygiene products. Our mission is to reduce the amount of low-income and homeless girls who miss school monthly or give up on their education because they cannot afford menstrual cycle essentials monthly.
How Are We Making A Change?
Stars That Shine is taking on Period Poverty in Jefferson and Berkeley County, WV. We have made it our mission to make sure girls have the proper menstrual hygiene essentials during their monthly cycle. We host period product pickups in our community where families can come and pick up free period products for every girl and woman in their household. We also aim to work with schools, churches, and community leaders to end period poverty in our communities!