Representative Zakiya Summers (MS)



What community group are you working with to distribute the donation?

The Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi.

Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


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Why is it important to address this issue in your community?

This initiative is so important, particularly for this community, because there are so many young ladies that do not have access to these products. They rely on schools to supply these products when available. We want to equip our young ladies to be prepared when this inevitable time comes. We want them to know that there are trusted community partners that will provide them with what they need.


What are you doing as an elected official to support policy measures that impact period product access?

This session, I cosponsored HB 1294 to allow school districts to provide feminine hygiene products for female students grades 6-12. It has been signed into law. I also introduced pink tax legislation to remove state tax on feminine hygiene products as well as diapers. It didn’t make it over the finish line, but I’m elated that HB 1294 did. These measures help to provide girls and women the access they need, given we are living in a post-Dobbs world, where women are constantly being played by politics.


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