Orillia Public Library Launches Project Free Flo

Press Release

The Orillia Public Library is taking a bold step fostering health equity with the launch of Project Free Flo. The initiative is intended to tackle period poverty and eliminate the stigma associated with menstruation.

All public bathrooms in the library will be stocked with free pads and tampons. Additionally, period kits which include pads, tampons, a reusable Knix pad, hand wipes, and the book Own Your Period by Chella Quint. Kits can also be picked up free of charge at the library and The Sharing Place while supplies last.

Project Free Flo is generously funded by The Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health, which awarded a $20,000 grant for this ground-breaking program. The funding will be used to create 200 period kits and stock all Orillia Public Library bathrooms with free pads and tampons for the next 5 years. Kits have also been distributed to The Lighthouse, Green Haven Shelter for Women, and The Gilbert Centre.

The effect of period poverty is a real and growing problem in our communities, and this issue was intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this, the library is determined to remove financial, social, and physical barriers, creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all.

For more information email mwilkinson@orilliapubliclibrary.ca or call 705-325-1152.

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