The Platte Valley Period Project is a joint effort between the Rape/Domestic Abuse Program and People Family Health Services to provide free feminine hygiene products to low- and moderate-income individuals in the area.

The Period Project allows individuals to receive the products they need to lead hygienic and dignified lives.

“Many times, individuals are faced with decisions between food and hygiene items. We don’t ever want them to go without feminine hygiene products,” says Jenny Bonta, RDAP Executive Director.

On Dec. 1, Platte Valley Women’s Health is kicking off a drive campaign to fill the shelves with supplies that will be housed at RDAP. This will help ensure the Platte Valley Period Project can immediately help as many women as possible.

Platte Valley’s Women’s Health will also offer a $5-off coupon for new aesthetic services to each person who donates during the month of December.

Bonta said that currently RDAP offers free hygiene products, including period supplies, to residents in three shelter facilities, as well as walk-in clients as needed. This accounts for more than 200 individuals receiving more than 1,500 pads or tampons per year.

The partnership with People’s Family Health services comes from the need to also educate women in the area of the options for free health care services.

“People’s Family Health Services is excited to partner with local agencies to provide these necessary products for women who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. In doing so we hope to also spread the word about our clinic and additional ways we are able to serve women in our community,” said Elizabeth Lagan, Community Health Educator for Family Planning at People’s Family Health.

According to Lagan, all of People’s Family Health services are confidential and individuals are never turned away because of an inability to pay. People’s Family Health Services offers pap smears, breast exams and other preventative care services. They are also able to provide free birth control and testing for HIV and other STDs.

“Our goal is to partner with our patients to ensure they are receiving the preventive and reproductive care they need when they need it,” Lagan said.

“Platte Valley Women’s Healthcare is committed to helping the women of North Platte and surrounding communities achieve their fullest health potential,” said Dr. Kelley Hasenauer, DNP, APRN, and the owner of Platte Valley Women’s Healthcare. “This project highlights the fact that there are women in our community whose basic health needs are not currently being met. We want to help change that.”

Drop off/collection locations include: Platte Valley Women’s Healthcare, Rape/Domestic Abuse Program, People’s Family Health Services, and Rock 100/Country 93.5 fm.

Starting Jan. 1, individuals can access free feminine hygiene products during the RDAP office hours.

Each individual in need can receive two packaged products per month.

The RDAP office is located at 316 E. Front Street in North Platte. The office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or by scheduled appointment.

For more information, call RDAP at 532-0624 or People’s Family Health at 534-3075.