BUCHANAN — Buchanan resident Megan Goodrich is leading a donation drive to help women who struggle with period poverty.

Boxes have been set up at the Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan District Library, Buchanan Area Senior Center, Buchanan High School, Buchanan City Hall, Gary Z’s Sub Shop, Pit Stop and Union Coffee House to collect items like tampons, pads, underwear, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen and hot pads.

The drive will culminate with “One Month At A Time” from noon-4 p.m. June 22 at the art center, 117 W. Front St., where attendees can fill a bag with products that fit their needs.

Period poverty occurs when women cannot afford proper menstrual products due to socioeconomic status, homelessness, incarceration or the pink tax, according to a handout. Menstrual products are excluded from government assistance programs and aren’t readily available at most food/resource pantries.

There also will be speakers at the event. They will talk about reproductive health (e.g. endometriosis, menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome and cancer), menstrual equity, period products and body confidence. 

Any donations made the day of the event will be given to Redbud Area Ministries.

Those wishing to make monetary donations can make checks out to Michigan Gateway Community Foundation with “One Month At A Time” in the memo line, or donate online at mgcf.org.

For more information, email meganngoodrich@gmail.com or mlucille@umich.edu.