Capital Region Menstrual Health Empowering Menstrual Health in the Capital Region

Capital Region Menstrual Health is a local initiative working to promote the health and well-being of individuals who menstruate in our community. Our mission is to increase period equity by providing access to menstrual hygiene products and education.

Find a Period Pantry

Dignity & Accessibility for All

Individuals are able to access free menstrual products at their convenience via our Free Period Pantries. These small, outdoor, weather-protected containers offer a variety of period products in multiple sizes and absorbencies. These boxes are never locked and operate just like a Little Free Library or Little Food Pantry.

Our goal is to make it easy for individuals in under-resourced communities to access the period products they need, whenever they need them.

Discover Our Period Pantry Locations Free Menstrual Products in Your Neighborhood

We're proud to have established Period Pantries in multiple locations across the Capital Region, making it convenient for individuals in need to access menstrual hygiene products. Each Period Pantry is stocked with a variety of essential products to ensure that everyone can find what they need.

Pink polka dots

Albany Boys and Girls Club

Orange box with "Free" and "Gratis" written on the front. Located to the right of the clubhouse entrance.

21 Delaware Avenue,
Albany, NY
12210
Accessible 24/7
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Bethesda House

Located in the courtyard, this pantry is a pink box with "Period Pantry" written on the front.

834 State Street,
Schenectady, NY
12307
Accessible 24/7
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CEO Troy

Bright red with "Period Pantry", "Free", and "Gratis" listed on the front.

2331 5th Ave,
Troy, NY
12180
Accessible 24/7
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Family Self Sufficiency

Red box with pink polka dots. "Free Period Pantry" is written on the side. This pantry is found in the garden bed outside the Family Self Sufficiency office.

200 Green Street,
Albany, NY
12202
Accessible 24/7
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Hometown Health

Green box with spring-themed designs including flowers, bees, birds, and the sun. "Free Period Pantry" is written on the front. This pantry is found to the left of the Hometown Health side entrance.

1044 State Street,
Schenectady, NY
12307
Accessible 24/7
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SiCM

Purple box with "Period Pantry" written on the front. There is a drawing of the moon phases on the side.

839 Albany Street,
Schenectady, NY
12307
Accessible 24/7
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Sustainable Living Center

Located in Schenectady Central Park

180 PTL Arthur Chaires Lane,
Schenectady, NY
12309
Accessible 24/7
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Trinity Alliance

Black box with "free period pantry" written on it.

15 Trinity Place,
Albany, NY
12202
Accessible 24/7
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Trinity Alliance Arbor Hill Center

Pink box with "Free Period Pantry" written on the side. This pantry is found to the right of the entrance to Trinity Alliance, in front of their parking lot on 3rd Street.

47 Lark Street,
Albany, NY
12210
Accessible 24/7
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YWCA NorthEastern NY

Red box with "Period Pantry" written on the front. "Power to the Period" is written on the side. This pantry is found to the left of a Free Food Fridge located at the YWCA entrance.

44 Washington Avenue,
Schenectady, NY
12305
Accessible 24/7
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Want to make a difference? Learn how you can support our mission!

We believe that every person who menstruates should have access to the products and resources they need to manage their period with dignity and comfort. That's why we're accepting donations of period products and monetary donations.

You can make a monetary donation that will help us continue to expand our Period Pantry network and provide essential menstrual hygiene products to those in need. If you'd like to donate period products, please contact CRMH for more information on how to make a donation.

The Brains Behind the Initiative Meet The Team

As an initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Capital Region Menstrual Health (previously SMHC) works to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals who menstruate in our area. CRMH works to increase period equity by bringing period products directly into under-resourced communities through a network of established and trusted community-based organizations and our period pantries.
  • Brynn Watkins

    NYS Public Health Corps Fellow

    CRMH strives to fight period poverty by bringing period products directly into under-resourced communities through a network of established and trusted community-based organizations and our period pantries. These pantries are small, free, weather-protected containers that house a multitude of menstrual hygiene products that are accessible 24/7.

  • Claire Jennings

    NYS Public Health Corps Fellow

    I am currently a NYS Public Health Corps Fellow at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County, attending the University at Albany for my Masters in Public Health. I am also co-founder of Capital Region Menstrual Health, working to fight period poverty in the Capital Region!

  • Annabelle Rieseler

    NYS Public Health Corps Fellow

    Currently working as a New York State Public Health Corps Fellow and co-organizer of Capital Region Menstrual Heath program. Earned BS in Human Biology, Pre-Health from University at Albany, SUNY. Interested in both Public and Global Health, and Health Sciences. Holds a desire and plan for serving in the Peace Corps under the Health sector.

Let's Work Together Reach out to learn more!

Together, we can bring about menstrual health and equity in the Capital Region. If you want to get in touch with us to learn more about the work we’re doing, or to learn how you can make a difference, you can submit the form below and someone from our team will get back to you.