Virginia Tech addressing ‘period poverty,’ collects menstrual products for students

BLACKSBURG, Va. – In honor of Women’s History Month, Virginia Tech students are collecting menstrual products to help women struggling financially.

They’re collecting new period products like pads, tampons, liners and cups. They also will accept single pads or tampons and boxes of products.

The goal is to place the products in bathrooms around campus, so they’re free to anyone who needs them.

One in ten college students experience period poverty. That means they can’t afford the products they need because they’re already struggling to pay for food or rent. You can also send monetary donations on Venmo, by Venmoing: @period-at-VT.

“You’re likely not to worry about your menstrual cycle. That’s not your first priority and that’s a big issue,” said Emma Yadene, a junior and the president of PERIOD @ VT, the school’s nonprofit chapter organizing the drive.

They’re accepting donations through March 27 at the Virginia Tech Women’s Center and the VT Engage House.

From March 13-27, you can also drop off donations at the Kroger on South Main Street and Squires Atrium on the first floor.

Questions about the drive can be directed via email to:

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