The City of Hamilton has launched their pilot project to provide free menstrual products in recreation centres and food banks across the city.
On Wednesday, the city council voted in favour of funding the 12-month project, costing an estimated $121,000. This will stock free menstrual products in five recreation centres, one in each recreation district, and various food banks in partnership with Hamilton Food Share.
The project was based on recommendations by FemCare Community Health Initiative, a Hamilton-based non-profit organization that focuses on providing menstrual products and menstrual policy education to homeless and low-income communities.
A big shoutout to @HFShare for continuing this critical work in our city! Glad to see other community groups working alongside us to end period poverty in Hamilton!#freetheflow #femcarerevolution #femcareevolution… https://t.co/swcp4kUesl
— FemCare Community Health Initiative (@FemCare_CHI) February 21, 2020
The five recreation centres in Hamilton:
Dalewood — 1150 Main St. West
Dominic Agostino Riverdale — 150 Violet Drive
Huntington Park — 87 Brentwood Drive
Norman Pinky Lewis — 192 Wentworth St. North
Westmount — 35 Lynbrook Drive
Check out the full report from the meeting here.