Woman to Woman

New York City is one of the world’s wealthiest cities, but many of its working families cannot afford basic necessities. Whether struggling against the rising cost of living or the devastating impacts from COVID-19, families are often forced to make impossible compromises between paying for basic needs, like food and rent, and purchasing other essentials like diapers, menstrual care products, and baby formula. Many of these items are ones traditionally accessed by girls, women, and mothers.

Food Bank’s “Woman to Woman” campaign seeks to tackle these disparities by raising awareness about period poverty in New York City and addressing the unique needs of low-income families.

People Get Periods

Making “Period Poverty” More Inclusive

Period poverty is when people cannot afford or access the menstrual care products they need to have safe, healthy, and hygienic periods.

In NYC, the cost of period products and other personal hygiene items can be extremely prohibitive for New Yorkers who menstruate, which includes not only cisgender women and girls, but transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and non-binary people, too. Lack of access to these essentials can hinder a person’s day-to-day life, making it difficult to attend school, secure job interviews, and pursue opportunities that could lead to economic advancement.

That’s why we’re committed to educating the public about this issue and ensuring that our member agencies on the ground are always stocked with free pads, tampons, and other sanitary products.

People get periods, and it’s time that we make it safe, healthy, and equitable to do so.

Preserving the Dignity of NYC’s Families

Many of the families we serve experience higher rates of poverty due to long-standing racism, discrimination, criminalization, and disinvestment in their communities. Many of these families, too, are led by single parents attempting to navigate job loss from the pandemic. In fact, when we look at single-parent households specifically, the data is clear – 36 percent (or well over one-third) of these families in New York City live below the poverty line.*

Our work, then, is about providing low-income families and single-parent households with the food and resources they need so they can have a fighting chance at upward economic mobility.

Let’s uplift our city’s parents so they can give their children better lives.

How Will You Make Your Impact?

100% of donations go toward providing access to menstrual hygiene and personal care products for the women we serve.

Your gift will help provide access to basic necessities for people who menstruate all across the city.
Create a personal page to get your friends and family involved in our mission.
Give menstrual hygiene and other personal care products via our Amazon Wishlist.
The items will be shipped directly to our network of member agencies when you buy!

Upcoming Event

Join Food Bank For New York City for a special virtual event with author, co-host of Food Network’s “The Kitchen,” and Food Bank board member Katie Lee Biegel. “The Supper Series: Ladies’ Night with Katie Lee Biegel” will feature a live cooking class spotlighting a recipe from Katie’s new cookbook, “It’s Not Complicated: Simple Recipes for Every Day.”

Click the image below to register!

Interested in partnering in our Woman To Woman Campaign?

If your company or organization is interested in getting involved in our Woman to Woman campaign as a sponsor, or if you’re an individual looking for more information, please contact partner@foodbanknyc.org or 212.566.7855 ext. 2227.