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One Less Worry continues to close period poverty gap

Apr 05, 2021
Photo by: Jackie Grannis

One Less Worry, the Knox County nonprofit that provides pads and tampons to area menstruators, has calculated 370 local girls, women, trans and non-binary people struggle to meet needs for period products.

This means for every single day, a menstruator in our community does not know where their next pad or tampon is coming from, and their period just started.

Throughout April, One Less Worry will be celebrating their fifth birthday. They will be filling the month with expressions of gratitude for supporters, singing some off-key songs, sharing birthday wishes and raising awareness of the difficulty some Knox County menstruators have accessing pads and tampons.

One Less Worry wants people to understand what period poverty in Knox County looks like.

Some menstruating middle school students stay home from school because they have no pads; a teen is denied period products by an abusive family member; a grandparent raising a newly menstruating grandchild does not know where to turn for pads; a homeless teen has no resources for shelter, food or period products and/or a single mom must choose between tampons or a bag of apples for her three children.

Twenty-two partner organizations help the program distribute pads and tampons. These locations range from five food pantries to 14 schools and several area organizations. Over 60,000 One Less Worry pads and tampons were distributed by these partners in 2020.

For those who are having difficulty with access to the menstrual products, email One Less Worry at onelessworry.maine@gmail.

To watch One Less Worry's journey or support its work, follow on Facebook or at onelessworry.me.

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