The Salvation Army Fights Period Poverty in Fredericton, NB

by Maritime
Categories: 2022, Events, News Archive

    For the entire month of May, The Salvation Army Fredericton Community Church partnered with Fredericton’s Move 106.9 and the Regent Mall to help fight period poverty in their city through a Tampon Tuesday campaign.

    Tampon Tuesday is a grassroots program about dignity and works with community partners to collect menstrual hygiene products for those in need, as they are one the most requested yet least donated items at food banks.

    “Period poverty is real, and it is a problem here as it is in every part of this country. It is prioritizing food over tampons, housing over pads and the dozens of other decisions made to survive in the face of this invisible form of poverty,” says Tanya Arseneault, Salvation Army Community Ministries Coordinator (Fredericton).

    Residents of Fredericton quickly understood the need, and in just four short weeks 725 packages of menstrual products were donated – totaling over 25,000 individual hygiene items. That number continues to climb as individuals and local businesses drop off their donations.

    “Together, The Salvation Army and the city of Fredericton are helping combat period poverty and provide dignity to our clients, one box at a time,” shared Tanya.

    Donations from the Tampon Tuesday campaign will be distributed through local food banks, including The Salvation Army Fredericton Community Church’s, which operates three days a week.

    If you are looking to help or donate towards initiatives like this in your community, please contact your local ministry unit.

    Tampon Tuesday Pictures 2022