The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is holding its second annual month-long statewide campaign to fight “period poverty,” an often unseen public health issue.
During the month of May, the #GreatBigPeriodProductDrive will raise awareness and collect period products and funds to address a problem faced by thousands of New Jersey residents. CFBNJ’s Women Fighting Hunger are spearheading the campaign.
Lack of access to feminine hygiene products due to financial limitations, known as period poverty, often results in stress and shame, as well as time lost from school and work.
“When people with periods are forced to stay home from school or work because they can’t afford critical hygiene supplies, their financial stability and mental health can suffer greatly,” said Karen Leies, of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
The drive will run through the month, culminating with National Period Poverty Awareness Week, May 22-28.
Individuals, groups, and companies are invited to join the effort by conducting their own in-person or virtual drives or by supporting CFBNJ’s drive. Most-needed items include regular maxi pads, super maxi pads and panty liners.
All items must be new and in original packaging. A $25 donation can provide a year’s worth of maxi pads for someone in need.
Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at CFBNJ’s warehouse at 6735 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. For more information, call 609-380-3671, or visit cfbnj.org/gbppd, to learn how to run your own drive. Online donations can be made at: https://give.cfbnj.org/EHT.
Registration is available for free at cfbnj.org/gbppd.
To learn more and get involved with Women Fighting Hunger, visit cfbnj.org/womenfightinghunger.