Germantown has new spot dedicated to fighting period poverty

Lynette Medley and Nya Medley
Lynette Medley and Nya Medley Photo credit Shara Dae Howard/KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A local mother and daughter have teamed up in the fight against poverty in the Philadelphia region, including the fight against period poverty.

Lynette Medley defines period poverty as a lack of access to proper period care, hygiene and products, and she says it’s an epidemic.

So each week, through her nonprofit No More Secrets: Mind Body Spirit, Medley and her daughter Nya Medley deliver roughly 250 period supply care packages to women and girls across the Philadelphia region.

Recently, they took things up a notch, opening a 2,500-square-feet “menstrual hub” in Germantown to meet the growing need.

“This really is a place to get feminine hygiene products, care and uterine health information,” said Lynette Medley.

According to the Alliance for Period Supplies, one in four women in the nation struggle to buy period products, and things have only gotten worse since the start of quarantine.

“The pandemic hit and we realized that our community really needed assistance in this area, especially a safe space to be able to receive resources and information,” said Lynette Medley.

In efforts to stay in line with COVID-19 guidelines, the hub, which is located at 4811 Germantown Avenue, will be open on a rotating basis. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register online.