Thanks to a $4,800 grant from Bayer Fund, the Montezuma Food Pantry was able to purchase female period products, men’s 2 in 1 body wash and baby wipes for area families.
Food Pantry Director Darla Wilson said unless you have it experienced it, most people don’t understand the term: period poor.
“A low income family with several females in the household understands what that means,” Wilson said.
She added, funds from this grant has allowed the pantry to purchase important and necessary hygiene products for women and men, and strengthen what the Salvation Army was already doing in the county.
“For some time the Salvation Army has been supplying tampons and pads to the schools in the county to ensure teens have access to those necessary items when they are unavailable at home,” Wilson said. “Now areas families will have the opportunity to add these items to their monthly grocery sack(s) at the Montezuma Food Pantry. We are thankful for this support to our organization, but also to the communities we serve across the county.”
“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States, “noted Al Mitchell, president of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”
In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than 17 million to more than 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the US have received more than $80 million from the Bayer Fund.
To learn more about the Montezuma Food Pantry visit their Facebook page. They do not have a website. To learn more about the Bayer Fund visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.