The Red Basket Project is the recipient of a grant from McDonough Foundation in the amount of $5,000 to help build the nonprofit’s capacity for service.

Established in 2016, The Red Basket Project strives to ensure each period is met with products, especially in cases of personal or financial need.

“Wherever there is food insecurity there is period poverty,” said Beth Gilbreath, co-founder and board president of The Red Basket Project. “If a family struggles to buy groceries you can be sure they are not able to access period products. The impact of providing something so basic and so necessary cannot be overstated.”

Since 2016, the Red Basket Project has distributed over 48,000 period packs to the Dubuque community at multiple distribution sites including the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Resources Unite, the Dubuque Community School District, the Dubuque Food Pantry, and more.

Period packs include supplies for one to two monthly cycles, discreetly packaged to provide support to women to menstruate with dignity.

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