Boateng Kubi, the board’s chairperson and a senior biology major, said the Union renovated its tampon and pad dispensers to distribute products for free in December.
“All you have to do is turn the knob and the product will drop out for you,” said Crystal King, the director of the Carolina Union.
Kubi said the Union buys 2,500 tampons and 1,250 pads a year.
He said the Union’s housing and maintenance budget covers the expected need for the products, but money might have to come from other places if demand is higher than anticipated.
“There’s no way for us to know what exactly the need is going to be as this rolls out,” Kubi said.
He said the Union will track demand and expenses for the next few months, and restock if supply runs low.
King said she decided to make the issue a priority in August when a student brought to her attention that people do not always have menstrual products or a quarter on their person when they get their period.
Gloria Thomas, director of the Carolina Women’s Center, said periods often start at unexpected times when they’re the last thing on a person’s mind.