Our Mission:

Equity. Period.

The St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies, an initiative of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, helps ensure that individuals in need have access to essential period products required to fully participate in daily life.

 
 
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What We Do

Raise awareness of the thousands of individuals living in poverty in our region who miss out on daily life because they lack access to period supplies.

Support the development and expansion of a regional period supply initiative capable of providing a reliable supply of period products to individuals in need.

Distribute period supplies to individuals through a network of community partners.

Advocate for legislative changes to make period supplies more accessible and affordable, regardless of income.

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What is period poverty?

Period poverty - or the lack of access to an adequate supply of menstrual products like pads or tampons - is an indignity experienced by thousands of individuals in the St. Louis region on a regular basis. From those anticipating their first period to folks anxiously awaiting the onset of menopause - More than 1 in 5 low-income women in St. Louis report facing this problem every month. In the absence of the period supplies they need, many use inferior or unhealthy alternatives like socks, rags, even the diapers they need for their children and may face missed days of work or school.

 

2/3

of low-income women in St. Louis could not afford menstrual hygiene products over the course of the last year.

NOT A LUXURY

“This is not a luxury, It’s a need. It affects a woman’s sense of self, her sense of dignity and her ability to participate in life.”

- Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, PhD, MPH associate professor in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at St. Louis University.*

46%

of low-income women in St. Louis have had to choose between food and menstrual hygiene products.

* Read Dr. Sebert Kuhlmann’s full report here

 
 

Ways to Help

Ready to jump in and help? Great! There are a number of ways you can help to end period poverty.

Ambassadors help us spread the word about the Alliance for Period Supplies, serve as liaisons to the community, collect period products, and more! As an Ambassador, you’ll receive training and a toolkit to enhance your experience.

If you’re hosting a brunch or just getting together with your girlfriends, why not host a period product drive? All you need is a bin to collect the items and our toolkit. This is a simple way to make a huge impact in your community!

Normalize menstruation and periods by packaging a First Period Kit! These kits are distributed to low-income young individuals and include period necessities to help ensure that the first period is welcomed rather than feared.

Financial support is critical in the fight against period poverty. Your tax-deductible investment in the Alliance for Period Supplies provides period products to low-income individuals across the St. Louis region, removing one major barrier to full participation in life.

 
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January 2019

“Menstrual hygiene products are often what stand between women and full participation in their lives. And that's the problem that we're aiming to solve”

Jessica Adams, Founder & Executive Director, St. Louis Area Diaper Bank / Read Full Article

 

 
President , Emily Koenig, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund   Treasurer , Jason Schultz, PhD, Novus International   Secretary , Julia Moss, JHM Tutoring   Cori Bush, RN , St. Louis Children’s Hospital   Jan Erdman , The Lab School   Jennifer Hansen, JD , The Hansen Firm LLC   Cindy Leonard , Community Volunteer   Kathy Meyer , Community Volunteer   Kevin Poe , Community Impact Network   Carmin Pruitt, RN, BSN, MBA , Centene   Reggi Rideout , Simply Strategy   Carol Schepers , Community Volunteer   Katie Schwaneke , Community Volunteer   Cora Faith Walker, JD , Missouri House of Representatives

President, Emily Koenig, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund

Treasurer, Jason Schultz, PhD, Novus International

Secretary, Julia Moss, JHM Tutoring

Cori Bush, RN, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Jan Erdman, The Lab School

Jennifer Hansen, JD, The Hansen Firm LLC

Cindy Leonard, Community Volunteer

Kathy Meyer, Community Volunteer

Kevin Poe, Community Impact Network

Carmin Pruitt, RN, BSN, MBA, Centene

Reggi Rideout, Simply Strategy

Carol Schepers, Community Volunteer

Katie Schwaneke, Community Volunteer

Cora Faith Walker, JD, Missouri House of Representatives

Meet Our Team

The St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies is supported by a diverse group of passionate individuals who help move our mission forward. Meet our staff here.

Hover over the picture to your left to learn more about the members of our Board of Directors.

 

Get Involved

Become a Distribution Partner

Organizations serving low-income people with periods are invited to apply to become Distribution Partners. Partners will receive period products from the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies, strengthening the programs your organization already has in place. Click below for more information.

Become an allied partner

Organizations with experience or expertise in serving people with periods are invited to become Allied Partners. Join us to share your knowledge and expertise and engage in a strategic collaboration aimed at ending period poverty in our region. To find out more, follow the link below.

Join our advisory board

Individuals interested in contributing to the operation, growth, and future of the Alliance are invited to become members of the Advisory Board. Join us to share your passion, skills, and vision for a region without period poverty. If you are interested, click the link below.