WHY WE EXIST
HOW CAN WE
"THE SHAPE OF JUSTICE?"
THE NEED FOR JUSTICE
“Spirit of Life, come unto me
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea,
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close, wings set me free,
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.”
The Need for Justice:
One of the most significant unmet needs for many low-income women and girls is access to menstrual products. For these women and girls, the Shape of Justice is literally a tampon or pad:
“Feminine hygiene products are among the most requested items at food pantries and homeless shelters – but organizations rarely have enough pads, tampons and liners to meet the needs of their clients.”
-- Poor women in dire need of feminine hygiene products,
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 28, 2016
Few food pantries and women's shelters in rural Pennsylvania receive donations of menstrual products. As we begin to expand our reach, we find this is true everywhere. For the people these organizations serve, period parity is elusive.
The Shape of Justice means promoting fairness, equity, dignity and respect for all women and girls. It means helping them feed their families and attend their school or job, knowing their hygiene needs are taken care of.
Did you know that menstrual products are one of the most popular items stolen from drugstores? The need is real and compelling.
We founded Shape of Justice, Inc., as a 501c3 charity to provide period products for those who need them. We’re now providing period products to about two dozen food pantries and women’s shelters in at least 6 counties in Central Pennsylvania with plans for expansion. We’ve built a distribution model that allows us to expand anywhere in the country.
Now we need you to help us do more.
We need you to follow us.
We need you to donate funds.
We need you to promote Shape of Justice, Inc. to your friends and family members.
We need you tell us what food pantries, shelters, and other organizations need a steady supply of period products.
In short, we need you to help us give “life the Shape of Justice.” It’s a terribly rewarding endeavor.
The mission of Shape of Justice is to ensure that every food pantry, homeless shelter, and women’s shelter is stocked with tampons and pads so that people do not have to choose between putting food on the table and safely and conveniently managing their menstrual cycle needs.
THE HARD TRUTH
It's about money
“At about $5, a small pack of feminine hygiene products could buy a meal or two for a struggling family. So: food on the table, or tampon in the purse? For many women living in poverty, it’s no choice at all.”
-- Food bank aims to pad its supplies,
Winnipeg Free Press, Mar. 29, 2010
The costs multiply
“One woman’s daughters started menstruating at ages 9 and 11, and buying sanitary products for three was more than they could afford. … There’s no private or public subsidy for these products, and they are expensive.”
-- Women facing hardships to get help with sanitary supplies,
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), Jan. 10, 2016
But it isn't just about money
“You don’t even want to hear of the ingenious solutions some of these women come up with to substitute for the maxi pads and tampons they can’t afford. Some of those solutions present a health threat, a sometimes fatal health threat called toxic shock syndrome that comes as a result of wearing a tampon for too long.”
-- Woman hopes to put period to Open Door’s feminine hygiene needs for a year, Gloucester (MA) Daily Times, Aug. 9, 2017