YWCA Carlisle and the Carlisle Area School District have teamed up to make sure menstrual hygiene products are distributed to local middle school students.
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The Pad Pantry will provide "dignity and basic needs to young women and girls in Cumberland County," according to a new release from YWCA Carlisle. The products are expensive and may be out of reach for vulnerable populations including students, people facing an income crisis and those living in shelters, the YWCA said. Taxes on these products make the situation worse for many.
YWCA Carlisle also cited a recent Always Confidence & Puberty study showed one in five girls in the United States left school early or missed school entirely because they didn't have access to period products. In fact, 143,000 girls in New York City alone have missed school because their family couldn’t afford period protection. The number is 88,000 girls in Los Angeles; 65,000 girls in Chicago; 57,000 girls in Atlanta; and 38,000 girls in Houston, the news release said.
Donations are being accepted to the Pad Pantry and can be dropped off at YWCA Carlisle, 301 G St. Monetary donations are also accepted so that the products can be purchased.
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