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In 2021, FCI, together with Alliance for Girls, the Office of Women’s Policy in Santa Clara County, the Young Women’s Freedom Center and Oakland Unified School District, launched an initiative to identify and meet the needs of girls and gender-expansive in the height of COVID-19. Through this program, we documented the needs of over 1,000 girls across the state of California and analyzed survey data in monthly data snapshots that were distributed to legislators and other key stakeholders.


Together with our partners we were able to identify and address the need for menstrual products for girls experiencing severe poverty in the pandemic, with the successful allocation of free period products at every Oakland Unified School District food distribution site, and over $1 million allocated to address period poverty in Santa Clara County with the Office of Women’s Policy, FIRST 5, the County Office of Education and other health partners coordinating outreach and distribution. Moreover, this model for addressing period poverty supported advocacy for state bill AB 367 which was signed into law in 2021 requiring all public schools serving students in grades 6 to 12, Community Colleges, and California State Universities to stock restrooms with an adequate supply of free menstrual products.

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