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Feb 13, 2020

POVERTY, PERIOD SUPPLIES AND STAYING IN SCHOOL

Providing period supplies reduces stress, provides confidence and dignity for young women.

We all probably have one: that embarrassing moment from our middle or high school days that turned our faces red and left us with emotional scars. While we can make light of how hard this phase of life is, it’s important to recognize the ways we can change this and support youth struggling in today’s societies.

When a girl living in poverty starts her period, this can create an automatic barrier to continuing education. There, unfortunately, is a negative stigma around menstruation, and not having adequate supplies can make a young woman feel embarrassed or anxious about leaking.

Period supplies, like diapers, are an often overlooked necessity that people living in poverty struggle to afford. In our country, 12.7% of the population nationwide is living at or below the recognized poverty level.

Yet, the programs are not in place to ensure adequate supply. Period products cannot be obtained with SNAP or WIC benefits, and many people simply do not think of the need when making in-kind donations to local organizations.

Our period products program supports various local schhols, including the Green Bay District.In the Green Bay School District, 1 in every 22 students during the 2018-19 school year were homeless, as according to new reports citing Wisconsin Department of Instruction data.

Across the city, the poverty rate is 17.2%, higher than the state poverty rate of just 12.3%. What’s more, females living in Green Bay are 30% more likely than males to be struggling with poverty, according to WelfareInfo statistics. 

The need is ongoing, every month a girl living in poverty is faced with difficult decisions on whether to go to school because she doesn't have items needed to support her period. Meeting her basic need for period supplies can help restore her dignity and confidence as she pursues education.

With period supplies available, she can have the confidence to go to school, work, sports, and so on — without feeling anxious or embarrassed.

Jan 15, 2020

Thanks for helping Mary!

Today it is a joy to introduce you to Mary. Mary and her husband live in the rural areas of northeastern Wisconsin. As they grow older, they are working to fix up their cabin to enjoy together.

 Except, Mary, a Veteran, has hit some health snags. She’s had recurrent bladder cancer for more than a year, which means the work on the cabin is now on a deadline – a bit unknown, the date being until she can’t do the work anymore. They are working tirelessly to get it into shape.

 Mary’s condition means she’s had urinary infections and has constant problems with holding urine. She’s tried to get assistance to buy adult briefs through her insurance and the VA to no avail. 

 Thankfully, Mary has found hope through Kingdom Come, a pantry in Oconto Falls that serves the unmet needs of low income, handicapped, elderly, and at-risk in the community through a food pantry and resale shop. Kingdom Come is one of Jake’s Diapers community partners and is able to provide Mary with adult care essentials because of your support. 

 “Starting a partnership with Jake’s in 2019 has meant reduced stress for these families.”

“Getting the disposable adult briefs from the pantry has helped relieve some of that stress with the cost of buying adult ‘diapers,’” said Belinda Chou of Kingdom Come. “Plus, she has not had an infection since she’s had the disposable briefs.”

 Oconto Falls and the surrounding area are often considered a bedroom community of Green Bay, Belinda said, and this means good jobs require reliable transportation and education. Poverty, health and emotional issues are common themes for people in the area. Low job skills and lack of -education prevent many from climbing out of the cycle.

 Starting a partnership with Jake’s in 2019 has meant reduced stress for these families as well as some education about products available to deal with incontinence, Belinda said. 

 “Consistency or reliability of products, variety of products, and the cost-saving are all great things that have come from Jake’s,” she said. “And about 50% of our food pantry clients are using some type of diaper or menstrual product. –That means a great impact for our clients! Thank you!”

 Thank you for helping Mary, and other adults we serve through Jake's A.C.E. Initiative

 Blessings,

 Stephanie Bowers
Executive Director

 

Jan 13, 2020

Helping Australia

Tiny helpers with boxes of Aussie Nappies!
Tiny helpers with boxes of Aussie Nappies!

Thank you for rallying together to help our Aussie friends. We're excited to share with you that we are coming alongside a grassroots movement to solve diaper need with cloth diapers across Australia. This movement, Cloth Community Fund Australia, is working to get cloth diaper kits direct to families impacted by the bushfires, both immediately and long term. 

Jacinta is the Mom behind Cloth Community Fund Australia, and she shares this: 

"We are completely overwhelmed and blown away by the responses we’ve had for the Bush Fire appeal. Our Melbourne team has been working hard this week on donations to get them through to the victims. We want to say a big thank you!! "

With immediate needs being met, we are focusing on long term need- often overlooked in disaster response. We also know in times of crisis the most important need is cash, not random things.

We have a unique niche with cloth diapers - we are the largest cloth diaper bank in the world, leveraging powerful relationships with global manufacturers and donors to supply culturally appropriate solutions to meeting basic hygiene needs. This means we can really stretch donor dollars far, and get needed supplies- not random, mixed goods- direct to families in crisis. Our supply chain empowers responders, like Jacinta and her team, on the ground to move quickly, efficiently and effectively to meet hygiene needs of bushfire crisis survivors. 

As we prepare to work long term, your funds are a critical piece of the work we do and we are so thankful for your support. We look forward to sharing more with you soon!

 Blessings,

 

Stephanie Bowers
Executive Director

About Our Disaster Relief Efforts: Jake’s Diapers recognizes that every person is one disaster away from living in a situation that restricts access to basic necessities. We respond when disaster strikes, understanding the need to be clean and healthy after displacement or destruction. Supporting people impacted in this way restores hope and dignity while creating opportunity to enjoy a better quality of life as they rebuild and recover.

Make your impact today! A donation of $25 distributes hope and dignity through diapers to bushfire survivors 

 
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