Let's talk about periods.
It’s a fact of life. It’s not shameful or scandalous.
Our mission is threefold. Supply the need, destigmatize menstruation and educate about reusable products.
We started Sister Supply in April of 2015 after Eli heard about a homeless woman who had stumbled into a local business after-hours so covered in blood that the security guard thought she had been injured. This made us think, how do homeless women handle their period? So, we began supplying local shelters with products.
But once the schools found out about us, the calls poured in. Many school systems, including our own, don’t have a budget for pads and tampons. We found that teachers and guidance counselors were paying for pads out their own pockets to help keep their students in school. Many menstruators still go without effective menstrual products -- monthly necessities -- because they can't afford them. They miss work; they miss school. You can’t buy pads and tampons with food stamps. And in Tennessee, they’re taxed as luxury items. What?
Not only are we supplying the need, we’re constantly talking about periods. When we go to a restaurant and there aren’t tampons and pads readily available, we ask, why not? We do what we can to normalize the conversation around menstruation. We’re also working with our lawmakers on getting the tax dropped on products and adding a budget line for schools. In our ideal world, tampons and pads would be stocked in bathrooms just like toilet paper and hand towels.
And don’t even get us started on menstrual cups and washable pads. Imagine if a menstruator who was struggling financially didn’t have to purchase products for 10 years!!
Superlo Foods - sells us pads and tampons at cost. We love them!!
We supply the following schools, shelters, and organizations:
Shelby County Schools
Memphis School of Excellence
Northwest Prep Academy
Shelby County Juvenile Court
The Salvation Army Memphis
Alliance Health Care Services
Lives Worth Saving
Memphis Police Department
West Memphis Police Department
The Salvation Army Back to School Fair
Manasses High School
Presbytery of the Midsouth
Memphis Scholars Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School
3 Wishes for Her
Project Homeless Connect
Southwind High School
UT Relative Caregiver Program
Sycamore View COC Community Pantry
Room in the Inn
White Station High School
Snowden Middle School
Renewing the Mind, Body and Soul
Lowrance Elementary School
Shelby County Juvenile Court
Memphis Scholars Academy
Shelby County Schools Department of 1MPACT, Family and Community Engagement
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis CHild (Children’s Health Law Directive & Research Center)
My Cup of Tea
Urban Child Institute
Teach for America
Crosstown High School
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program at Memphis Area Legal Services
Millington Crisis Center
Memphis Scholars South Campus
Achievement School District