Donations Requested: Menstrual Products for Students

Image of activist hands raised with tampon in hand to fight period poverty

In advance of the academic year, Prevention and Outreach Services is collecting menstrual products for students who may be experiencing period poverty.

In the spring of 2022, Prevention and Outreach Services and the Health Center conducted a large scale survey student sexual and reproductive health.

Hazen staff felt it important to understand the effects of COVID-19 on students’ sexual and reproductive health. 785 student completed the survey.

Survey responses indicated that 26.9% of students experienced some degree of period poverty during their time at SUNY Brockport (i.e. students with a lower income struggle to purchase menstrual products). Furthermore, 32.45% of LGBTQIA+ respondents experience some degree of perid poverty, and 33.93% of BIPOC respondents experience some degree of period poverty. These figures illustrate the increased burden of period poverty experienced by historically marginalized communities.

Many students shared their experiences with period poverty and how it effected their ability to succeed while in school.

“It is difficult to purchase items for my period as well as books, parking passes, and my tuition.”

“Wearing tampons and pads longer than recommended to save money.”

“I usually just use a ton of the school’s toilet paper as a pad throughout the day…”

“Period poverty gives me a lot of anxiety, sometimes to the point of a panic attack…”

To best serve the needs of students who menstruate, Prevention and Outreach Services will be collecting period products from Tuesday, August 2 through Friday, August 26. We are collecting tampons, pads, cups, and/or menstrual underwear.

If you are able to make a donation, please leave them in the box located outside of POS’ office in Seymour B124.

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Posted: August 01, 2022