Dignity Matters is a non-profit organization that collects, purchases and supplies feminine hygiene products, bras and underwear to women and girls in Massachusetts who are homeless or disadvantaged. We believe that access to these necessities is a fundamental human right, and that all women deserve to live their lives with health, confidence and dignity. In 2019 we provided more than 3,000 women with period protection and underwear EVERY MONTH, and collected and distributed more than 500,000 products.
Period poverty is a significant (and often invisible) issue here in Massachusetts and across America. Women must often choose between buying food for their families and buying menstrual supplies each month.
The most common reasons that women and girls lack access to period protection are:
1) SNAP benefits (federal food stamps) do not cover the cost of menstrual hygiene products
2) Menstrual hygiene products are expensive and needed monthly
3) Menstrual hygiene products and underwear are rarely donated to shelters, food pantries or public schools, and these organizations struggle to afford these items for their clients and students.
We serve single mothers, homeless women, women and families living below the poverty line, immigrants, refugees, transgender and LGBTQ people, and women and teens who have escaped domestic violence and cannot safely return home. We supply women with period protection, bras and underwear through a network of more than 100 community partners, including food pantries, public schools and after school programs, homeless shelters and medical clinics.
As the rate of homelessness and poverty in Massachusetts grows (as it has every year for the past 5 years), so does the need for our services. We add new distribution partners and increase the number of women we serve every month, but we cannot meet the growing demand with the resources we currently have.
Thank you for supporting Dignity Matters and the women and girls we serve throughout Massachusettes!