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Neighbors in Action: Helping Women Period

Helping Women Period photo
Scott Pohl
Lysne Tait (L) and Amy Stepherson (R) of Helping Women Period, with Leah Weidner of Haven House.

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about Helping Women Period, a group that assists women in need obtain feminine hygiene products.

Families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet can qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to meet their nutritional needs. But there are other needs besides food, particularly for women.

These SNAP benefits, or food stamps, cannot be used to purchase feminine hygiene products, and this puts a strain on many women and families.

Helping Women Period was started to help women receive the products they need when they need them.

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with Amy Stephenson and Lysne Tait, co-founders of Helping Women Period, and Leah Weidner, volunteer and special projects coordinator at Haven House, which is one of the many charity partners that receives products from Helping Women Period.

Current State is looking for more nominations for our “Neighbors In Action” feature. Please help us out and e-mail us your suggestions to currentstate@wkar.org. Put ‘Neighbors in Action’ in the subject line. Or tweet us: @KARCurrentState and tell us a little about why you think they should be featured for the great work they do.

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