HOSPECO Partners in Pilot Program to Advance Women’s Health Initiative

High school in New York City gets free feminine hygiene products dispenser

CLEVELAND--()--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 school year.

“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”

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.

About HOSPECO

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 800.321.9832, 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.

Contacts

For HOSPECO
Pete Zeller, 216-579-6100 ext. 2
pete@CunninghamBaron.com