Pink Pantry program launches at ECISD schools

Pink Pantry program launches at ECISD schools

The average woman spends $13.25 a month on menstrual products, according to a recent survey.

While the cost is necessary for women, government programs serving low-income families such as SNAP and WIC do not cover them. Reportedly, one in five girls will miss school due to not having feminine hygiene products during their period.

These are some of the reasons behind the new Pink Pantry program that just launched at eight Ector County ISD high schools and middle schools and the Alternative Center. The program serves Wilson & Young, Nimitz, Bonham, Bowie and Crockett Middle schools, the Alternative Education Center, Odessa High, and Permian High School.

The Pink Pantry provides feminine hygiene and menstrual supplies free of charge to students, including tampons, pads, panty liners, soap, feminine wipes, panties, deodorant and shampoo.

The program, which celebrated a ribbon-cutting today at Permian High School, is a partnership involving the Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin and Junior League of Odessa, Inc.

The Pink Pantry is also seeking donations of supplies and funds. Those with questions should contact Crystale Galindo-Castillo at (432) 770-8161 or