The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County (NCJWEssex) has created The Period.Project to enable women in need to secure feminine hygiene products. Recognizing menstrual inequality as a global issue, the long term goal of the local project is to have the Community FoodBank stock these products to make them available to partner agencies. In the short term, NCJWEssex is running a pilot program at IFPO and St. James Social Services in Newark to document the need for these products.
Volunteers from NCJW (including participants in their "Mitzvah in a Minute" program) came to IFPO each of the last three months to distribute pads to our clients, and helped us escort as well. We're delighted to have had these volunteers on a monthly basis during the current 4 month trial, and our clients are thrilled to receive these costly and necessary supplies.
We were also grateful for products provided by P.E.O. International, a philanthropic organization focused on providing educational opportunities for women, rooted in the philosophy and institutions of the Methodist Church that started promoting womens' rights and education in the 1800's. IFPO leader Peggy Baggaley spoke about IFPO recently to a local PEO chapter.
NCJW Period.Project and PEO Provide Feminine Hygiene Products to IFPO Clients