The Period Project
Girls in Wyoming - including girls in Teton County - are missing school because they don't have access to period products. At the Jackson Hole Middle School alone, 75% of the discretionary nursing budget goes to pay for tampons and pads for girls who need them. SNAP benefits do not cover period products and they're taxable in the grocery store because they're considered "luxury items" putting them out of reach for many families. We know that these are essential products, so we launched the Period Project to make sure that girls have full access to period products so that they have full access to their education - and a full life.
This spring, a partnership was born with St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John’s Hospital Foundation and the Jackson Cupboard. We believe that girls should not miss school due to a lack of feminine supplies, and have joined forces to provide feminine supplies to Colter Elementary, Jackson Hole Middle School, Jackson Hole High School, Summit High School and Arapahoe Middle School. Additionally, we are currently providing supplies at the following locations around Teton County:
- St. John’s Episcopal Church
- Jackson Cupboard
- Teton County Public Health
- Teton County Jail
- Laundry Love
- Habitat Restore
- Community Resource Center Teton Valley
Our focus for the Period Poverty Project is three-fold: Access, Funding and Legislation. We have a team of amazing women from across the community eager to make a change and would love for you to join us. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Margaret Hutton.