High school in New York City gets free feminine hygiene products
CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HOSPECO, a leading manufacturer of personal and facility cleaning and
protection products, has partnered with New York City council member
Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and the NYC Department of Education in
providing the first dispenser of free feminine hygiene products at a
public high school. The girls’ restroom at the High School for Arts and
Business, in councilwoman Ferreras-Copeland’s district, received the
dispenser and will receive free sanitary napkins and tampons for the
This groundbreaking program is supported by donations from HOSPECO.
Ferreras-Copeland and City Council have been pushing for free feminine
hygiene products in schools and public buildings.
“HOSPECO is proud to sponsor this initiative,” explained Bill Hemann,
vice president of sales and marketing. “This isn’t simply an issue of
bathroom equality and mutual consideration, it is also a women’s health
issue. To us, vended feminine hygiene products are a required amenity in
all women’s public restrooms, like toilet paper, soap and paper towels.”
“Offering free menstrual care supplies as we do toilet paper and
condoms,” explained Ferreras-Copeland, “is a matter of avoiding health
risks, eliminating stigma, and for girls, not having to skip class
because they got their period. Feminine hygiene products allow women and
girls to carry out their responsibilities uninterrupted, and these
products should always be accessible,” she concluded.
Ferreras-Copeland and New York City Council Speaker Melissa
Mark-Viverito will introduce legislation on free feminine hygiene
products next month. The council will also lobby Albany to join states
that have eliminated sales tax on feminine hygiene products, items that
are considered medical devices by the FDA.
HOSPECO, a division of the Tranzonic Companies, is a leading
manufacturer of cleaning and protection products serving the industrial
supply, safety, foodservice, and contractor supply industries. For more
information, contact 877.464.6839, www.hospeco.com/
About Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
Since 2009, New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has
proudly represented the 21st Council District: East Elmhurst, Elmhurst,
Corona and parts of Jackson Heights, including LeFrak City, LaGuardia
Airport and most all of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Appointed in 2014,
she is the first woman, first person of color, and the youngest to chair
the Council’s Committee on Finance, which oversees the City’s $78.3
billion yearly budget.
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