Time and time again we hear teachers and social workers tell us that personal hygiene and clean clothing are major issues among the neediest children in our schools. These students feel like outsiders and withdraw from their classmates. We know that not having food, clean clothes, or basic hygiene items obstructs children’s ability to learn and thrive.
Obtaining personal hygiene products can be a huge challenge. They are expensive and buying them can shift money away from other important purchases like food and transportation. In addition, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not cover these products. That’s why we are creating a Personal Care Pantry to include laundry detergent and hygiene products.
Kids feel embarrassed but they really come out of their shell when they get the basics and feel ‘normal’ again.”