It's the little things.

Dignity Grows empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for every body that needs them. We remove obstacles to better self-esteem and health by providing personal hygiene essentials each and every month. Dignity Grows mobilizes volunteers to organize, assemble, and distribute free, reusable zipper-top totes filled with a month's supply of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, along with menstrual products or shaving cream and razor kits. Federal grant programs don't cover these items, and people often don't think to donate them to food pantries. 

Dignity Grows was started in 2019 right here in Greater Hartford, and it’s now a national initiative chaired by its founder, Jessica Zachs. Over 40,000 Dignity Grows Totes have been distributed across our region so far!

Volunteers and financial contributions are welcome:

To learn more or to get involved, please contact Heather Rubin Fiedler.

Distribution partners

  • The Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford
  • Ann B. Clark Transitions Food Pantry at Goodwin University
  • Asnuntuck Community College Food Pantry 
  • Bloomfield Town Services
  • Bloomfield Public Libraries
  • Bloomfield Public Schools
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford
  • Camp Courant
  • Capitol Squash
  • Catholic Charities
  • Charter Oak Boxing Academy 
  • Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • Church Templo Fe, Assemblies of God, Hartford
  • COMPASS Youth Collaborative
  • CT FoodShare
  • Fern Street Backpacks at the Universalist Church of West Hartford
  • Grace Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen
  • Har-Bur Middle School, Burlington
  • Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
  • Hartford Hospital: Brownstone Clinic & Women's Ambulatory Health Services
  • Hartford Public Libraries
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Interval House
  • MALTA Mobile Clinic
  • Ministerio Boga Mar Adentro
  • New Horizons Village
  • South Windsor Food Pantry
  • Trinity College campus counseling/health services
  • Trinity Health
  • UCONN campus counseling/health services
  • University of Hartford campus counseling/health services
  • West Hartford Food Bank & Public Library
  • Fred D. Wish Museum School