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Avrey Hendrix, Founder of the Idaho Period Project

Q&A with Avrey Hendrix, Founder of the Idaho Period Project

February 25, 2024

One of the most significant legislative wins we’ve seen in the past few years was House Bill 162, “Period Products in Schools,” which was passed unanimously by the Utah Legislature in March 2022. Through the efforts led by The Policy Project and the Utah Period Project, the law requires all public and charter schools in the state to provide free period products in girls’ and unisex restrooms, grades kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Avrey Hendrix saw the work being done in Utah and immediately felt inspired to combat period poverty in Idaho. She founded the Idaho Period Project in January 2022. Since then, the Idaho Period Project has installed nearly 100 Aunt Flow dispensers and donated more than 30,000 menstrual products to approximately 1,500 girls across 11 counties in east Idaho. 

We recently caught up with Avrey to highlight the Idaho Period Project’s amazing work within the #MenstrualMovement!

What is the primary mission behind the Idaho Period Project?

We are on a mission to end period poverty within the state of Idaho and provide better access to period supplies to those in need.

What communities do you serve?

Our main focus is on ensuring that students have access to period products. With that being said, we serve Idaho K-12 public and charter school students. 

What would you say is your proudest accomplishment?

We’ve honestly done so much. I would say the biggest accomplishment is making the lives of the thousands of girls that we serve easier. Aside from that, I’d also say another big accomplishment is just bringing up the topic of menstruation in Idaho and creating discussions that weren’t there before we came into the picture.

The Idaho Period Project

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because I can help other people in need who can’t help themselves. I think everyone can advocate for themselves, but sometimes they don’t have the means to. So, I want to be an advocate for those individuals in need. 

What are you most excited about for IPP in the coming year?

This year’s a bit different because we decided to put off legislation. We’re just trying to get the right people in our corner to help us with the necessary funding for dispensers and period products. I am excited to hopefully have enough people and organizations that support us and want to fund the public-private partnership that we’re going for. I also hope that we can continue strengthening relationships within the schools.

How can others get involved and support IPP?

Packing parties and period drives are ways people can help. Also, I think just being involved in your schools and within your community is super helpful because we can’t serve everyone yet. We’re simply not big enough. But decision-makers within your own community will listen to you more than they would listen to someone like me, who they have no connection to, especially when it comes to increasing access to period products.

The Idaho Period Project and the Utah Period Project

Join the Idaho Period Project in the fight to end period poverty!

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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 5 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®

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