What is the number one reason that girls miss school? Most of us think of bullying or self-image, but no, it’s the lack of feminine hygiene supplies. Hard to believe that in the United States this is an issue, but for many when the only choices are food, housing, health care and other basic needs, these feminine hygiene supplies don’t always make the list.
On Saturday, April 18, Fox Communities Credit Union volunteers along with other caring members of the community, including local legislators will be at the Resch Center in Green Bay from 11 a.m. until the beginning of the Green Bay Gambler’s Hockey game at 7:05 p.m. They will be collecting money, supplies and sharing information on what we can do in Northeast Wisconsin to break the period poverty barrier and keep girls in school. Attendees of the Gambler’s game will have the opportunity to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets with the proceeds will be going to this initiative.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (FAEW) is a partner in this initiative and will be helping with the collection on April 18. FAEW will also be distributing the donated items to area schools, free of charge.
In addition to getting feminine hygiene products to local girls, Wisconsin legislators want to take it one step further. Current Wisconsin law allows for taxation of personal hygiene products as they are deemed “luxury goods” and not necessary items. They are working on a new bill (LRB-2132) to end the taxation on the sale of diapers, undergarments for incontinence, tampons and sanitary napkins.
Keep your eyes open for more on this initiative as there will be opportunities for businesses and individuals to help with solutions in the future.
This is the one period students shouldn’t have to worry about in school!
Tickets for the game are available at gambleshockey.com or at the Resch Center box office. Box office hours are 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday and 11:00 AM on Gambler weekend game days. It’s also a Festival Foods Family Night, $2 jumbo dogs, $2 soda and discounted tickets for kids 14 and under. Stick around after the game and Skate with the Gamblers.