Sen. DiMario secures donation
of period products for Amenity Aid


            STATE HOUSE – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) has announced that Sen. Alana DiMario has secured a $1,000 donation of period products on behalf of Amenity Aid, a local non-profit.

“Period products can be costly, and too many Rhode Islanders struggle to pay for them,” said Senator DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown, New Shoreham). “SNAP and other public assistance programs don’t cover hygiene products, so we rely on Amenity Aid, a great local partner, to fill that gap. I’m proud to help them secure this donation and encourage everyone to support them if you can.”

Period poverty is a widespread issue that affects millions of individuals in the United States. Lack of access to menstrual products and hygiene education can lead to missed school and work, social isolation, and other adverse outcomes.

Amenity Aid is a Warwick based nonprofit organization that addresses period poverty by distributing hygiene products to Rhode Islanders in need. Senator DiMario’s application was chosen as part of a contest hosted by NFWL in their partnership with Kimberly-Clark and its U by Kotex® brand, who will be providing the donations directly. The contest aimed to raise awareness about period poverty and to support innovative solutions to address this issue.

“We are thrilled with the incredible response we received for the Ending Period Poverty with NFWL Contest,” said Jody Thomas, Executive Director of NFWL.  “The winning projects demonstrated a keen understanding of the challenges faced by individuals experiencing period poverty and provided innovative and actionable solutions to address this issue. We are excited to honor the winners and look forward to seeing their ideas in action.”