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International Paper Donates FemCare Kits to Help End #PeriodPoverty




NEW BERN, N.C. (4/26/2023) – International Paper (NYSE: IP) donated 500 feminine care (femcare) kits to local schools and after-school programs to help end period poverty in eastern North Carolina. These kits provide clean menstrual products and encourage girls to stay in school. Craven County Schools was grateful to receive over 175 kits this year.


Employee volunteers at the International Paper New Bern Mill, along with West Craven High School student volunteers and United Way volunteers assembled femcare kits during Women’s History Month.


“This is the fifth year International Paper is offering this project to help end period poverty in our communities,” stated Catherine Burgess, communications coordinator, International Paper. “The need for these products continues to grow within our communities, and we are proud to provide products to encourage girls to stay in school and have access to the items they need.”


Period poverty is a term used to describe the struggle that many women and girls face because they lack access to adequate menstrual health management supplies and education, and it can have serious consequences. Each year, more than 500 million people worldwide do not have what they need to manage their periods. It’s an issue that leads to a number of problems like school truancy, reproductive issues, health risks, and unnecessary shame. 


Period poverty is happening here in our community and we can help. This is just one way International Paper is dedicated to addressing critical needs in the communities where employees live and work by mobilizing its people, products, and resources.