One Less Worry, a Knox County nonprofit, was founded five years ago by local women who realized there were people in the area without access to menstrual essentials due to financial hardships. The organization began providing pads and tampons to those in need, after finding none available in food pantries, schools, or the restrooms of favorite restaurants. They found that moms were making difficult decisions, often going without period products so their children could eat.

Products distributed by One Less Worry now include menstrual pads, tampons, toilet paper, incontinence pads and toothpaste. Shampoo and deodorant are distributed to two partners.

One Less Worry has expanded from serving one large food pantry, AIO Food and Energy Assistance, to a total of five food pantries, 14 schools, The Landing Place, New Hope for Women, Rockland Public Library and seniors receiving USDA Commodity Supplemental Food. The organization serves 1,800 people, most of them monthly.

In 2020, One Less Worry distributed 100 pads a day and 350 miles of toilet paper — enough to roll from Calais to Rockland on Route 1.

Those who need menstrual products can email onelessworry.maine@gmail. For more information, visit onelessworry.me or follow the group on Facebook.