After a long covid hiatus, the ladies of Women United kicked off 2022 with an inspiring personal story from Nichole Riverside Recovery Services – Knox County at our Women’s Recovery Luncheon, Thursday at The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge.
After Lunch the ladies also packed over 200 Period Care kits for girls, to be shared with Knox County elementary and high schools.
The period kit project was started by Julia Sugg. She received a Women United Grant to purchase the supplies for us to start make the kits during our WU Luncheon yesterday.
Julia has done research around Knox County and found that most organizations were meeting the need of the individuals they serve, but the schools did not have consistent availability for students. There are resources for adults but not nearly enough for student-age girls.
“It may not seem like an emergency issue, but the education of local girls is being affected by their lack of access to comfortable/safe period products. “In a national survey of 1,000 menstruating teens, 1 in 5 struggled to afford period products and 4 in 5 either missed or knew someone who missed class time because they did not have access to period products.” (For more information about the issue read this article: https://policylab.chop.edu/…/period-poverty-public…