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WHAT IS A PERIOD SUPPLY PROGRAM?

Period supply programs are created over time, when organizations regularly engage in activities to collect, store and distribute period products for free to individuals struggling to afford them.

Some programs regularly collect and provide menstrual products directly to the people who need them. Other programs warehouse and distribute menstrual products through community-based agencies that are already working with individuals experiencing poverty. Both direct service and partner agency models have limits and opportunities. However, all of these programs are committed to supplying period supplies in an ongoing and consistent manner.

 STARTING A PERIOD SUPPLY PROGRAM

Organizing period supply drives is a great way to raise awareness about period poverty and will help you create a stream of donations to distribute. Raising awareness, however, is just the first step to building a community asset that's reliable and sustainable. If you are interested in developing a permanent program for your community, check out our resources for Starting a Period Supply Program.


BECOMING AN ALLIED PROGRAM

Organizations and action teams interested in joining the Alliance for Period Supplies should consider APS service areas and the benefits of becoming an Allied Program.

Service Areas

Poverty pervades every region of the U.S. There are many towns and cities in need of a period supply program. Before you begin, it is important – mostly for the community in need – that you reach out to any existing Allied Programs near the area you plan to serve. APS commits to helping its members grow through smart and sustainable planning. Sometimes this includes regional expansion, though it may look like our efforts have yet to pay off. Whenever possible, we would love to help you contribute your skills and talents to an existing APS project. Learn more about service areas and your period supply program.

Allied Program Benefits

Allied programs of the Alliance for Period Supplies are part of a nationwide movement, supported by the national organization.  Each program is eligible to receive donated period products through the Alliance for Period Supplies and its founding sponsor U by Kotex. However, local community support is vital to ensuring that each allied programs is recognized as a sustainable resource for their respective community.

As an Allied Program, your organization becomes eligible for exclusive benefits, including:

  • offers to receive donated period products from APS and its sponsors, including founding sponsor U by Kotex.
  • access to technical assistance provided by the Alliance for Period Supply staff.
  • discounted registration at the National Summit on Period Leadership.
  • opportunities to engage in collaborative research projects, including training and evaluation.
  • requests to unite in advocacy and lobbying efforts, including meetings with local, state and national elected leaders.
Application for Membership

If your organization has begun a period supply program and you have not yet inquired about membership, we’d love to hear from you: Request application information.

  • APS staff will reach out to qualifying organizations with an invitation to apply.

ALLIED PROGRAM RESOURCES

Allied Programs, please log in to the Allied Program resources pages for assistance and resources to grow your programs capacity, sustainability, and impact.

  • APS - Leaders forum
  • Updates and upcoming opportunities
  • Submit your quarterly update and read quarterly reports
  • 2019 World Menstrual Health Day 
  • 2019 National Summit for Period Leadership, October 23rd, Cincinnati  

 

Learn more about APS Allied Programs

 

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