BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Township Council is collaborating with local partners and businesses to honor Women’s History Month with a month-long supply drive for feminine hygiene products. Members of the Township Council are also partnering with local groups to host a Women of Bloomfield Networking event on Tuesday, March 24. 

“I would like to thank our fantastic Councilwomen as well as the Bloomfield Center Alliance, Bloomfield College, and the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce for organizing the networking event,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “This event, in addition to the feminine hygiene product drive are outstanding ways to honor Women’s History Month in our Township.” 

“We're using the occasion of Women's History Month to bring attention to issues that affect women in our community," said Councilwoman Jenny Mundell. “Our goal is to start conversations during Women’s History Month that will continue year-round. Together we can normalize necessary conversations around women's bodies that have long been stigmatized as well as honor the vast contributions women have made in Bloomfield and beyond.”

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Government assistance programs like SNAP and Medicaid do not consider feminine hygiene products as “essential” and do not cover their cost. 1 in 5 girls in the United States are kept out of school during their monthly cycle because they don’t have access to the feminine hygiene products they need. Girl Scout Troop 20611 is co-sponsoring the month-long supply drive. Items that are needed are tampons, maxipads, pantiliners, deodorant, and menstrual cups. Other hygiene products will be accepted as well. 

“Women’s History Month is a great time to celebrate the incredible women in Bloomfield and I am proud of what we have planned during the month of March,”said Councilwoman Sarah Cruz. “I hope that every woman that is able to make it to our networking event comes out and I encourage all members of the community to take part in our hygiene drive. I’d like to thank our partners, Girl Scout Troop 20611, and all of the locations that have allowed residents to drop off supplies.”

Products will be collected through March and donated to Bloomfield elementary, middle, and high schools for distribution. Collection sites located are at Bloomfield Public Library, Civic Center, Municipal Building, Police Headquarters, F45, Powerflow Yoga, Lovlee Art Studios, Martinez Martial Arts and Fitness Center, LLC, and and Shooting Star Dance Center.

“Our Women of Bloomfield Networking event will be a wonderful chance to meet with and hear from women in our community,” said Councilwoman Dr. Wartyna Davis. “The hygiene drive is something that I hope every resident takes part in because no woman should have to go without these essential products. Whatever you are able to donate will be greatly appreciated and will without a doubt help someone in need.”

The Women’s Networking event is sponsored by the Bloomfield Councilwomen Cruz, Davis, and Mundell, Bloomfield Center Alliance, Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce, and Bloomfield College and will take place in the Westminster Arts Center, Room 110 of Bloomfield College. More details are available online, and residents are encouraged to register by March 20.