Kellogg Community College this spring began installation of 45 new hands-free period product dispensers in all women’s and gender-neutral restrooms at all campus locations, with all products offered for free.
The $25,000 initiative is supported via a mix of funding from the Kellogg Community College Foundation and private donors, starting with local giving circle group Women of Impact. KCC is also partnering with Battle Creek’s Charitable Union to provide educational information at each dispenser location for individuals needing monthly supplies.
According to the Charitable Union, one in four people struggle to purchase period supplies due to lack of income. This is known as “period poverty,” defined as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities and waste management.
KCC believes that no student should have to miss their classes because they don’t have access to necessary products or are unable to afford them.
Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation said, “The need for free and accessible products is real in our community, particularly for low-income individuals. KCC is committed to ensuring students won’t get behind in their studies or drop out altogether due to the lack of access to or having to pay for period products.”
The KCC Foundation is currently seeking donations for the free period product dispensers and is grateful to Women of Impact for being one of the first groups to support this project through their quarterly giving circle.
For more information, visit kellogg.edu/donate.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Charitable Union CEO Teresa Allen, KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham, KCC Director of Institutional Facilities Brad Fuller and Interim KCC President Dr. Paul Watson II. Photo by Jasmine McMaster.
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