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The Problem

Imagine having to choose between buying food for your family or buying pads/tampons for your period. Imagine you have just used your last pad or tampon, and have no money to purchase more.

This is a reality for many. Every month, some of our neighbors feel a sense of helplessness and embarrassment because they lack basic necessities. These feelings of shame have consequences. Girls stay home from school during their periods and miss critical learning time. Women miss work, which can lead to lost wages. This further compounds the cycle of poverty.

Feminine hygiene necessities are not covered by SNAP, WIC or other welfare programs, and are rarely available at food pantries. As a result, countless people are left without products that many of us take for granted. The majority of states still tax these products. Women know that no one should feel ashamed of her body and the natural rhythm of being female.

Having basic female necessities is life-changing, increasing one’s sense of self-worth and respect. Girls and women gain confidence and thrive when they can engage in daily activities without worrying about their periods.

As women, we know when we support our sisters, we lift each other up and amazing things happen. Dignity Grows™ is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and supported by National Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federations of North America. In collaboration with Distribution Partners, Dignity Grows™ removes obstacles to better self-esteem and improved health through the security and comfort of having hygiene essentials every month.

There is a tremendous need for Dignity Totes in communities throughout Delaware and across the Brandywine Valley, especially when so many have lost jobs in this challenging economic climate. Embodying the Jewish values of Tzedakah (righteousness) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), we are committed to helping create local Dignity Grows™ for our neighbors in need.