LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska State Sen. Carol Blood is facilitating a period supply drive in support of Period Poverty Awareness Week.
The effort is collecting tampons, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, over-the-counter pain relief, period panties and more at her district office in Lincoln, as well as a second location at 16626 Harney Street in Omaha.
"Lack of period supplies is an unintended consequence of poverty," Blood said. "Individuals require an average of six period products per day and period supplies aren't covered by safety net programs. One in four women have struggled with period poverty in their lives."
Blood shared images via Twitter of supplies contributed by some of her male counterparts in the Nebraska Legislature.
"It's clear that many women who are unable to afford period supplies also suffer from mental health issues when they must make choices about navigating their lives and worrying about things like attending work or school, knowing that they may need tampons but can't afford to purchase them because they must decide between food or menstrual products," Blood said.
Period Poverty Awareness Week was created by The Alliance For Period Supplies.