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Hygiene Poverty

Hygiene Poverty

From Desperation to Hope

Our Healthy Essentials Pantry is addressing the under met and more often unmet need of Hygiene Poverty in Racine and Milwaukee Counties. Through referrals from other community service providers, we have been providing essential, basic non-food household goods such as personal care, baby care and household cleaning products to moderate and low-income individuals and families.

Hygiene Poverty is not stopping.
We are not stopping!

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HYGIENE POVERTY is very real

it brings with it shame and desperation.

According to the April 28, 2020 study “The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Straining Families’ Abilities to Afford Basic Needs”

The Urban Institute –


of not being able to provide for your family.

“I’m a man, I got to stand up like a man, but sometimes it brings me down, and it’s a hurting feeling because when I do things like that and asking people, it really bothers me and it hurts me. Sometimes it brings tears to my eyes.”
“What about my children?… “I have seen how other kids pick on the kids when they are not dressed properly…and that affects kids. I’ve seen it.”



How do we cope?

Borrow: – “Sometimes I have to call certain people, family members to borrow things.”

Stretch: – “We can only do laundry once a month.”

Substitute: – “And to do dishes, you’ll have to sit there and use shampoo sometimes.” – “…if you don’t have deodorant you can put baking soda up under your arms.”

Food Pantry “Shopping”: – “There’s different places, if you’re lucky, they’ll give you a [toilet paper] roll or two, here or there.”

Doing Without: – “You can just brush your teeth with water if it comes down to it because we’ve been homeless before.”

Using Public Facilities when you don’t have water or soap: – “I had to use hygiene products in public bathrooms to freshen up and not make us look homeless.”

Hygiene Poverty is not stopping.
We are not stopping. 
PLEASE don’t you stop!
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OUR GOAL IS TO ALLEVIATE THE SHAME AND DESPERATION THAT OFTEN ACCOMPANIES HYGIENE POVERTY by consistently providing shampoo, deodorant, bar soap, diapers, dishwashing detergent, disinfectant cleaners, laundry detergent…THE ONLY WAY WE CAN DO THAT IS THROUGH YOU, AND YOUR GENEROUS GIVING…WON’T YOU GIVE TODAY TO CHANGE A LIFE TOMORROW?

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