CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. –
The aim of the “Taking Care of Women’s Business. Period. 28-day campaign” is to collect product or monetary donations to address the need for feminine hygiene products for P.E.I. food banks. The provincial PEI Women’s Institute and branches want to ensure there are sufficient feminine hygiene products for the increasing number of clients across Prince Edward Island.
Over 500 women, not including youth, are in monthly need of items like tampons, pads or menstruation cups for women’s monthly cycles.
Mike MacDonald, the executive director of the food bank, said since the program started donations have steadily increased and so has the requirement.
“The need for products continues to climb, as often self care goes down the list when women are worried about other basics needs such as food," he said "This campaign has a significant impact on those in need in the community”.
PEIWI provincial board members have moved the campaign from March to February to better reflect the campaign’s intent. The campaign now takes place February 1-28, a month earlier then when the campaign had begun in 2015 in March.
Beginning in 2015, the campaign has raised over $15,000 worth of product or donation. Each year, the entire inventory collected is distributed to food banks across the Island within the weeks of the collection. In March of 2018 record numbers of collections had taken place. We hope to increase that yet again for the 2019 campaign. The PEIWI issues collections challenges to all WI branches, organizations, businesses, families, and individuals.
Drop-off locations include Murphy’s Pharmacy across P.E.I., Main Street Pharmasave in Souris, and the WI Office at 40 Enman Crescent, in Charlottetown. Online donations can be made online at: http://URHM.org.