More people from low-income households will be able to access free sanitary products supported by £530,000 (~€591,000) of new Scottish Government funding.
The grant has been given to charity FareShare which will distribute sanitary products to more than 500 organisations, including community centres, food banks, refuges and drop-in centres across the country.
The organisation has already reached more than 35,000 individuals from low-income households since April 2018.
“As a Government, we will continue to tackle period inequality”
The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s broad commitment to tackling period inequality. In August 2018, The Scottish Government was the first government in the world to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and students, which will not only improve menstrual hygiene but also remove barriers many people face.
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “This new funding will help us to remove the barriers some people face in accessing period products.
“FareShare do a fantastic job to ensure more people are able to get the products they need. It is unacceptable in this day and age that some individuals are missing out on education or staying at home because they can’t easily access sanitary products.
“As a Government, we will continue to tackle period inequality and make more products available in dignified way to those who need it the most.”
FareShare Scotland head Gillian Kynoch said: “Even though FareShare Scotland’s main objective is to get surplus food to charities supporting vulnerable people, our distribution network and links to frontline charities puts us in a unique position to help alleviate the serious issue of period inequality.
Providing to those who need them the most
The government of Scotland took further action in January 2019 providing funding to local authorities to make sanitary products available in more places and buildings for those who need them the most.
Kynoch added: “It’s not right that those on the lowest incomes have to make the agonising choice between buying food for their families and sanitary protection, which is why this funding from the Scottish Government is so vitally important.”
FareShare is the UK’s largest charity tackling hunger and food waste. It redistributes surplus food to frontline charities and community groups (including sanitary products) through its centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The distribution of period products is supported by Scottish Government funding.