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Free Period Products in Minnesota Schools

Minnesota Schools to Offer Free Period Products

June 1, 2023

Updated 1/3/2024

On May 17, 2023, the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill requiring schools to provide free period products to students in grades 4-12!

The law officially went into effect on January 1, 2024. Minnesota school districts will receive state funding that amounts to approximately $2 per pupil for the school year to help pay for the period products.

HF 44 is included as part of a larger education spending package. In addition, the state passed a higher education package that extends the same requirement and additional funding to colleges and universities to provide free period products.

At the time of the bill’s passage, Minnesota became the 16th state to mandate free period products in schools.

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Student Advocacy and Bill Sponsorship

At the forefront of this bill are the countless Minnesota students who continued pushing the legislation forward. Advocates credit these students for sharing their stories, speaking out publicly, and pressing lawmakers to address the issue of period poverty.

The student movement around this bill has been an inspiration. Watching students come in and share their stories … it just shows a level of bravery and commitment that I don’t remember having when I was their age.

Rep. Sandra Feist, DFL- New Brighton, the chief sponsor of the bill

Along with Rep. Feist, other sponsors of the bill include Sen. Mary Kunesh, Sen. Steve Cwodzinski, and Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn sponsored the original bill in the 2019-2020 legislative session, which didn’t pass until Minnesota’s most recent session.

Learn more about ways to advocate for menstrual equity with our advocacy resources

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founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®

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