Brooklyn is joining Food Bank for New York City's "Woman to Woman" campaign, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced on Tuesday at Borough Hall.
The campaign, which aims to encourage New Yorkers to donate feminine care products, is designed to ensure everyone has access to the products they need to live with dignity. Joined by Food Bank For NYC COO Lisa Hines-Johnson, BP Adams called on Brooklynites to participate by dropping off feminine care products at Brooklyn Borough Hall or donating online via the Food Bank's Amazon Wishlist from July 31, to October 31.
"I'm proud to launch the 'Woman to Woman' feminine care product donation drive at the People's House alongside the Food Bank for NYC, Walgreens and Duane Reade, " said Adams. "All donations will be distributed to low-income and underserved women. Sanitary wipes, tampons, pads and other items are necessities, not luxuries."
Nearly one million women and girls in New York City are living below the federal poverty level, which means they are often forced to make impossible compromises between purchasing essentials, like feminine care and household products, or paying for other basic needs, like rent and food.
On average, women between the ages of 12 to 54 buy roughly 250 feminine care products every year, including pads, tampons and panty liners. That presents a significant financial burden to families living on limited income, especially those already struggling to balance the rising cost of food, rent and other essential living expenses.
"Brooklyn Borough Hall will serve as the collection site for feminine care products until October 31," said Adams. "This campaign really hits home with its message of addressing women's health issues and the destigmatizing of the body's natural processes such as the menstrual cycle and menopause. I encourage everyone in Brooklyn to give back."
Duane Reade kicked-started the drive with a donation of feminine care products.