Georgia allocates $1.5 million to address “period poverty”
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia lawmakers are making it easier for women in low-income areas to get menstrual products.
The state’s 2020 budget includes $1.5 million to address period poverty. Period poverty is the state of reality for women who can not afford menstrual products.
$1 million is going to the Georgia Department of Education, and $500,000 is going to county health departments.
Paula Del Rio with Macon Periods Easier says it’s a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough to help women all women in need.
“It gives each school $200 per year to buy menstrual products, so it’s really not enough, and it’s not really solving the problem,” she said.
The state’s program is set to start July 1st.