Office of Community Care

​Period Access Dallas (P.A.D.)

What is Period Access Dallas (P.A.D.)

The City of Dallas is making free period products, including pads and tampons, available in many of our public facilities through an initiative called Period Access Dallas, or P.A.D.  If you are unable to afford period products you can visit one of the sites below to receive a free, one month’s supply of products. In the restroom, find and complete a card. Present it to a librarian or recreation center staffer to receive a one month supply of free products in a discreet shopping bag. Thanks to our partners at Starbucks, the Junior League of Dallas, local retailers, City of Dallas employees and the American Rescue Plan Act for their support. 

Why focus on period access?

The City of Dallas Office of Community Care, in partnership with Dallas Public Library and Dallas Park and Recreation, are celebrating the World Health Organization’s Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28 with the launch of Period Access Dallas. The American Rescue Plan Act grant-funded program will provide free feminine hygiene in high-need neighborhoods at recreation centers, community centers and libraries.  

Menstrual hygiene is fundamental to a person’s dignity and wellbeing, and an important part of basic health services. Many individuals do not have access to materials for managing their periods in a safe and hygienic manner. Girls and women are more likely to miss school or work during their periods if they can’t afford menstrual products. This program will build gender equity so people don’t suffer through lost educational opportunities or employment income if they can’t affordably access pads or tampons. 

Where can I get free period products?

Items are available at the following locations: 

1.      Anita Martinez Recreation Center, 3212 N. Winnetka Ave.  

2.      Arcadia Park Library, 1302 N. Justin Ave.  

3.      Arcadia Park Recreation Center, 5420 S. Arcadia Drive.  

4.      Beckley Saner Park Recreation Center, 114 W. Hobson Ave.  

5.      Cummings Recreation Center, 2976 Cummings St.  

6.      Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Blvd.  

7.      Hampton-Illinois Library, 2951 S. Hampton Road.  

8.      Highland Hills Branch Library, 6200 Bonnie View Road.  

9.   Janie C. Turner Recreation Center, 6424 Elam Road.  

10.   Larry Johnson Recreation Center, 3700 Dixon Ave.  

11.   Martin Luther King Branch Library, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  

12.   Martin Luther King Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  

13.   Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  

14.   Martin Weiss Park Recreation Center, 1111 Martindell Ave.  

15.   Nash-Davis Recreation Center, 3710 N. Hampton Road.  

16.   North Oak Cliff Library, 302 W. 10th St.  

17.   Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Library, 2008 E. Kiest Blvd.  

18.   Pleasant Grove Library Branch, 7310 Lake June Road.  

19.   Singing Hills Recreation Center, 6805 Patrol Way.  

20.   Skyline Branch Library, 6006 Everglade Road.  

21.   Umphress Park Recreation Center, 7616 Umphress Road.  

22.   Vickery Park Branch Library, 8333 Park Lane.  

23.   West Dallas Multipurpose Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road.  

24.   White Rock Hills Branch Library, 9150 Ferguson Road.

More information about PAD

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