The Period Promise pilot project is coming to the Town of Innisfail.
United Way Central Alberta said a partnership with the town and Soroptimist International of Central Alberta will put four dispensers for free menstrual products in washrooms at the local recreation centre and library, along with enough products for the entire year.
“Period Poverty is a very real issue faced by many, preventing them from taking part in many activities as they normally would such as school, sports, work, and other activities. This should not be the case. Aaccess to menstrual products should be like toilet paper,” said United Way donor relations manager Chelsea O’Donoghue.
She said much of the pilot will focus on gathering information from the community on the impacts of having access to menstrual products, and educating the community on the issue.
Funding for the pilot was provided by a $2,800 Innisfail Community Grant. Soroptimists donated $600, as well as advocacy, and United Way will cover administration costs.
Innisfail and area businesses are invited to join the movement to sign the Period Promise policy and provide free products in their facilities.
For more information visit caunitedway.ca/periodpromise.