For those with limited income, managing periods can often become complicated and expensive for those who menstruate. On average, people who menstruate spend 3,000 days of their lifetime menstruating. Spending money on period products can often mean making tougher decisions when it comes to choosing to stay healthy and clean during their cycles or using that money for food or transportation.
Food banks also face a challenge when receiving donations, because it’s not often that period products are top of mind for donors. But there are some people willing to help.
News has spread about the lack of feminine hygiene product donations at food banks and many have stepped up. Organizations such as Helping Women Period and Women Helping Women have been able to provide hundreds and thousands of pads and tampons to their local food banks to assist those who need it.
A recent program from Shoppers Drug Mart and U by Kotex helped to provide period products to food banks across Canada to share with those individuals who need it.
They may not be first on your list of items to donate, but the need for period products is great among those who use food banks. Consider adding these items to your list the next time you donate to your local food bank.
This article has been edited to a shorter version than what was originally written in July 2020, on the Food Banks Canada blog