Today at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and members of the community discussed the importance of access to Menstrual Products and announced a pilot program for a menstrual product bank for those in need.
Specifically, AB 150 approved $2 million General Fund in 2021-22 one-time for a menstrual product pilot project at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Assemblymember Garcia looks forward to helping ensure the successful implementation of that pilot and plans to work with stakeholders to expanded the pilot state-wide and help more facing period poverty.
“Our biology doesn’t always send an advanced warning when we’re about to start menstruating, which often means we need to stop whatever we’re doing and deal with a period. Often periods arrive at inconvenient times. They can surprise us during an important midterm, while playing with our children at a park, sitting in a lobby waiting to interview for a job, shopping at the grocery. Having free access to these products at the Food Bank and other locations means our period won’t prevent us from being productive members of society, and would alleviate the anxiety of trying to find a product when out in public, or finding the money to buy products, period products are as essential as food,” said Assemblymember Garcia.
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