One of the many challenges for low-income women is how they manage their periods. How do you pay for feminine hygiene products when you can’t afford enough food for your family? This is the very real question many women in poverty ask themselves every month.
In Howard County, 16,000 residents live at or below the poverty level and approximately 60% are women and girls. That $7 box of tampons is a huge expense for families struggling to make ends meet. Food stamps cannot be used for tampons or pads, leaving women with limited options which can lead to serious health problems.
The Howard County Commission for Women in partnership with the Howard County Food Bank is holding its 8th annual Feminine Hygiene Products Drive now through May 25. Help a woman or girl in need by donating sanitary napkins, tampons or cash contribution. Collected donations will be distributed through the Howard County Food Bank, which provides no cost, nutritious groceries as well as personal items to low income county residents.
Contact the Commission for Women to arrange for pick-up at 410-313-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off your donations at the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, 6751 Gateway Dr., Suite 300 in Columbia. Thank you for your contribution.