Because menstrual products are a necessity, not a luxury.
Menstrual products are expensive! For youth living with little income or support, the cost is even more significant. Our mission is simple: increase the accessibility of menstrual products for youth in need living in Victoria, British Columbia. To do this, we provide youth facing barriers with free and reliable menstrual products of their choice, every month. By overcoming these issues of cost, availability, and choice, we hope that these youth will have one less thing to worry about.
Located in Victoria, British Columbia on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We recognize and seek to address the many ways in which poverty is intrinsically linked to historical and ongoing processes of colonialism. We welcome any suggestions on how to better include Indigenous youth in our program and engage in processes of decolonizing.
Free services we offer!
Personalized monthly packages of menstrual supplies for individuals
Any combination of their choice of tampons, pads, and liners
Back-up supply kits of menstrual products for organizations
Select reproductive health workshops
Some of our community service partners have included:
Sanctuary Youth Centre
Quadra Village Community Centre
Pandora Youth Apartments
Songhees Wellness Centre
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Island Health YT5
If you are a youth service provider or social worker and have someone you'd like to sign up, we'd love to hear from you!
We are committed to improving the accessibility of menstrual products for youth in our community. They can get in touch with us however works best for them - call, text, email, Facebook - or through a community organization. Youth also choose the location where they pick up their products. All contact and use of our services is completely confidential.
Developing and maintaining strong relationships with vulnerable youth is an ongoing process. To make sure this project respects these individuals and relationships, we work with trusted community service providers. In doing so, we are constantly learning how to best serve our community and support our youth.
Menstruation is often still a 'taboo' or 'shameful' topic in our society. Because of this stigma, it can be difficult for youth to talk about their menstrual needs. We believe in order to truly make period products accessible, we must commit to holding these conversations about normalizing menstruation and cutting the stigma.
Stigma around menstruation is compounded for trans, genderqueer, and non-binary people with periods. This can mean even greater difficulty for these youth in accessing period products. Given the disproportionate number of street-involved youth that identify as LGBTQ+, we believe it is especially important for this project to address this. We are gender inclusive and are always open to feedback on how to better support gender variant youth.
How it works:
Get in touch with your name, age, and how you heard about us
Choose Your Pack!
Select from set monthly packages or customize a pack with any supplies you need
Pick up your package from a community service organization of your choice, the first week of every month
Pick It Up!
It really is that easy!
Local Youth Resources
This project is completely volunteer run and funded by donations. Currently the program is at capacity. We need your help to continue serving the youth in our community and to expand our services to support more folks in need. If this is a cause you support, please consider making a contribution through DonorBox - even the smallest amount can make a huge difference in someone's life.
If you are unable to make a financial contribution but would like to support the project in another way, please send us an email - we'd love to be in touch!
A huge thank you for supporting the youth in our community!
Contact us to find out about our stickers too!
Are you a youth who wants to sign up for our free services? Are you part of a local community organization and want to connect? Give us a shout, we would love to be in touch with you!
Foundry Victoria, Victoria Youth Clinic
This project is supported in part by VIPIRG and their Community Grants Program.