May 27, 2020
Aunt Flo, shark week, that time of the month, your red-headed
friend: whatever you call your period, menstruation is a natural
bodily function that happens to 50% of the population.
For the majority of us, we take our monthly supplies for
granted. But what happens if you’re homeless, or if you have to
choose each month between purchasing groceries or paying for your
feminine hygiene supplies?
On today’s show, Sara chats with Geoff Davis, Executive Director
of Period Kits, who is helping to solve that dilemma by providing
period kits and dignity to that vulnerable segment of our
population who need them the most. Misasha joins Sara to discuss
ways to get involved on a local level.
Listen in to this inspiring story and learn how you can make a
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What to listen for:
- Geoff provides an overview of the founding of Period Kits.
- Each kit contains a 3-month supply of these products:
- 40 tampons
- 20 pads
- 20 liners
- 1 pack of personal wipes
- 6 pairs of underwear
- Geoff describes how women deal with menstruation when they
can’t afford products.
- Each year in January, Denver organizations go out with food and
blankets and do a “point in time” survey to capture the number of
people who are unstably housed.
- These numbers are not exact, but the survey captures about one
in two people for various reasons.
- Geoff explains how they build the kits and the number of kits
they provide each month.
- They are not able to keep with the demand from organizations
and schools that are requesting Period Kits.
- Geoff is using Period Kits as a way to campaign for broader
change in our society.
- The city of Denver removed menstrual products from the city
sales tax because they’re classified as medically necessary, but
the state tax still applies because it would cost them to lose
about big money out of their budget.
- Sara shares the costs of feminine hygiene products over the
course of a woman’s life.
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Period Kits - Denver
Blossom Project - San Francisco
Helping Women Period - Michigan
The Homeless Period Project - South Carolina
Shanicia Boswell of Black Moms Blog brought it to our
attention that you can donate period products to your local
homeless shelters as well.