More than a dozen Tucson places are collecting menstrual products next week to donate to those in need in the community and to raise awareness about the challenges accessing supplies faced by people who menstruate.
Pima County District 5 Supervisor Adelita Grijalva is helping spearhead the project and declared the week of May 24-28 to be Period Poverty Awareness Week.
"One in four women have struggled to purchase period products in the past year due to lack of income, which highlights the need for donations as well as long-term changes," Dr. Shannon Robert, CEO of the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, said in a news release.
There are several barriers people face in accessing period supplies.
"Sales taxes, reduced access to these products in prisons and jails, and the fact that menstrual products are exempted from public health benefits programs, all contribute to the inequality," according to a news release. "Pads and tampons are also not freely available in schools, homeless shelters, and other public areas."
One in five women have reported missing work or school due to not having menstrual supplies, according to data on the Period Poverty Awareness Week website.
“Everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life, and your period should not get in the way of that,” Grijalva said in a news release about the project.
Here's how to help.
New, unopened packages of pads, tampons, liners and menstrual cups.
Where to drop off products
Donations can be collected at the following locations May 24-28, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave.
- Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, 1050 S. Plumer Ave.
- Pima County District 5 office, 33 N. Stone Ave., 11th Floor
- Tucson Unified School District Office, 1010 E. 10th Street
- Sunnyside Unified School District Office, 2238 E. Ginter Road
- Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
- Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.
- Richard Elias-Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Road
- Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road
- Youth Employment One Stop, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop #200
- Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St.
- Pima County Recorder's Office, 240 N. Stone Ave.
- Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
- MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento
- Tucson City Council Ward 1, 940 W. Alameda Street
- Tucson City Council Ward 5, 4300 S. Park Ave.
- Tucson City Council Ward 6, 3202 E. First Street
For more information visit the Period Poverty Awareness Week website.