Free Period Products in Minnesota Schools

Minnesota Schools to Offer Free Period Products

June 1, 2023

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

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

The passage of this bill makes Minnesota the 16th state to mandate free period products in schools.

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
End Period Poverty Minnesota
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founder + ceo

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

Founded in 2016, Aunt Flow is a certified WBENC women-owned company based in Columbus, Ohio. 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 (no weird stuff) and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! For every 10 tampons and pads we sell, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®