Lynchburg, Va. (WFXR) — The Junior League of Lynchburg is launching P.A.D – a period access distribution center in order to aid in eliminating period poverty.
Talking about periods is still taboo yet the menstrual cycle is a very natural occurrence, intrinsic to the reproductive process. Whether the narrative around menstruation and period access is lacking, the fact remains that women go through this cycle and need to have access to feminine hygiene products in order to maintain their menstrual health.
“So many women in the Lynchburg community, they’re having to choose between groceries, paying rent, or purchasing feminine hygiene products. Food stamps and other government assistance programs do not cover feminine care or hygiene products so we’re doing our best to meet that gap.”Nina Rezai, Junior League Focus Area Committee Chairwoman
The women of Junior League have come up with two different deliverables to fill that gap.
“The one that we’re looking at today are immediate response kits and the Junior League of Lynchburg assembled those a few weeks ago. We have about 1,800 that we’re putting out to different referring partner offices. They have products for people to receive the day they are referred to the program and then we encourage individuals to subscribe on a monthly basis so they can get personalized feminine hygiene products monthly.”Geralyn Fortney, President of Junior League of Lynchburg
Taylor Cooke with the Johnson Health Center is one of the Junior League’s partnering community organizations. Taylor says it has been a really beneficial relationship in fulfilling the feminine hygiene needs of women in the community.
“If we can’t provide it here at Johnson Health Center we want to give you the resource and we want to give you the information to make sure that you are accessing it when you leave our facility… so this, I think it’s huge because this is easy for them to access. All they have to do is either fill out the form or fill out the online registration form and they’ll have a monthly subscription of products.”Taylor Cooke, Johnson Health Center Associate Director of Patient Engagement and Outreach
Lynchburg Junior League President, Geralyn Fortney says they want to create something that will meet the need now and long into the future.
“We have the funding to operate it for two years and anything that comes from the community in terms of product or money from this point on just helps us know that the program will be going in perpetuity.”Geralyn Fortney, President of Junior League of Lynchburg
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