GFF Grantee Twice as Nice Mother & Child recently expanded its programming to also offer period supplies. The Daily Herald wrote about it in the article, “Twice As Nice Mother & Child expands program.”
A Lake County-based nonprofit already well-known for fighting diaper need is now prepared to help women without adequate funds to buy necessary personal hygiene supplies.
Ann Marie Mathis, founder and executive director of Twice As Nice Mother & Child, said she knew that the National Diaper Bank Network had forged a partnership with the Alliance for Period Supplies in 2018.
“We applied for membership to the Alliance in March to distribute period supplies, and we were accepted,” she said. “We received a huge donation from U by Kotex in mid-April, including 48,000 pads and 55,000 liners, which helped us launch our program.”
As of June 1, TANMC will supply up to 50 period kits per month to its 30 local partnering agencies. Each kit contains 40 pads and 40 liners. Already, volunteers are distributing kits to those who receive services through TANMC’s mobile diaper pantry program, which has grown to serve roughly 1,500 children and 1,100 families each month.
“Most people don’t realize that period poverty is an issue for many women and girls,” Mathis said. “The average woman spends 2,535 days on her period throughout her lifetime. For the one in four who struggles with period poverty, that’s a big source of stress. It can also be unsanitary, and can prevent some women from attending classes or going to work.”