How We Distribute Essential Hygiene Products

Hope & Comfort is the only organization in Boston solely dedicated to addressing youth hygiene insecurity. The many requests for hygiene products we receive tell the story of thousands of youth without access to the essentials. Often, these young people are embarrassed to go to school and isolate themselves. Supplying items like soap and deodorant can help improve the health and self-esteem of a young person, giving them the confidence to succeed.

Hope & Comfort works with more than 150 youth-serving and community organizations – including college campuses – to provide hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and feminine care products. Our partnering organizations listed below help distribute essential hygiene products to at-hope youth, a term we use for children and young adults who have the ability to succeed when given the proper tools and knowledge.

Are you a youth serving organization or other community organization interested in receiving products from Hope & Comfort. Click here to request items.

Youth-Serving Organizations

Adult and Teen Challenge Massachusetts

All I Can Experience

Another Course to College Boston Public Schools

Association of Black Harvard Women

Atkinson Elementary School PTO

Ayer Regional School

Beacon Academy

Belle of the Ball

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Berklee College of Music

BGC of Boston (Charlestown)

BGC of Waltham

Billerica Boys and Girls Club

Birthday Wishes

Boston Youth Sanctuary

Boys & Girls Club of Boston YouthConnect

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell

BPS Blackstone Elemantary School

BPS Boston Arts Academy

BPS Boston Collaborative High School

BPS Boston Community Leadership Academy

BPS Charles Sumner School

BPS Charlestown High School

BPS Chittick School

BPS Conley Elementary School

BPS Ellis Elementary School

BPS Grew Elementary

BPS Hennigan School

BPS Horace Mann School for the Deaf
BPS James F. Condon School

BPS JFK Elementary School
BPS King School
BPS Manning Elementary
BPS Margarita Muniz Academy
BPS Mattahunt Elementary
BPS McKay School
BPS McKinley School
BPS Mildred Ave K-8
BPS Mozart Elementary
BPS Murphy School
BPS Ohrenberger School
BPS Patrick Kennedy School
BPS Philbrick Elementary School
BPS Up Academy Dorchester
Brandeis University Food Pantry
Breaktime
Bridge Boston Charter School
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Bright Eyed, Inc.
Bunker Hill Community College Food Pantry
Calcutt School
Cambridge Friends School
Catie’s Closet
Charlestown Coalition
Chelsea Community Connections
Cheverus School
Circle of Hope Needham
City Year
Cradles to Crayons

Criterion Child Enrichment

Drive Boston

Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School

Epiphany School and Early Learning Center

Everett Public Schools

Family Resource Center at Family Service Association

Forestdale School

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Hernandez

Harvey Girls

Healthworks Community Fitness

Healthy Chelsea

Healthy Waltham

Higher Ground Boston

Home for Little Wanderers

Horizons for Homeless Children

Humility Church Brockton

Hyde Square Task Force

Immigrant Family Services Institute

Kittredge Elementary School

Lee Public Schools

Leviton Dual Language (Providence Public Schools)

Little Hearts Dream Foundation

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Lynn Family Resource Center

Madison Park Development Corporation

Marshall Middle School

MassBay Community College Food Pantry

My Sisters Keeper

Nashoba Regional High School

Neighborhood House Charter School

Neighborhood Villages

North Andover High School

NSMHA (North Suffolk Mental Health Association)

Pathways Strategic Teaching Center

Peabody PREP

Providence Autism School to Tomorrow Academy

Providence Public Schools

Provision Ministry

Quabbin Regional School District

RAW ART Works/Lynn

Roca

Ron Burton Training Village

Saint Columbkille Partnership School

Salemwood School

Schools on Wheels

Shooting Touch

Snowden International School

South Boston Neighborhood House

South Shore YMCA

Suffolk University Food Pantry

Taunton Diversity Network Inc

Thomson Elementary School

United South End Settlements

United Way (Mass Bay) – Cambridge Family & Children Services

Villa Nova Middle School

Waltham Partnership for Youth

Waltham Public Schools

Waverly Oaks/Wayside

Wayside Youth & Family Network

Wilahmena’s Place Inc.

Wily Network

YMCA of Greater Boston

Young Man with a Plan

Youth Build North Shore

Youth Options Unlimited Boston

Youthquake

YW Boston

Families & Communities

4 Others Inc

A Place to Turn Pantry

Acton Community Supper

Alianza Hispana

All Saints Food Pantry

Allston Brighton Community Fridges

Ash Street Park Neighborhood

Bay Cove Human Services

Berea SDA Church

Big Blue Drop In Center

Boston Asian Youth Essential Service

Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center

Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society

Braintree Holidays/Friends

Brockton Interfaith Community

Brookline Food Pantry

Brookside Community Health Center

CARE Pantry at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Sudbury

Catching Joy

Catholic Charities – Leominster

Catholic Charities – Worcester, MA

Catholic Charities Hammond Street

Catholic Charities South Worcester County

Central MA Agency on Aging

Centre Street Food Pantry

Chapters Recovery Center

Commonwealth Mental Health and Wellness

Community Empowerment Center

Department of Children & Families & Communities

DotHouse Health Center

Dwelling House of Hope

El Buen Samaritano Food Program, Inc.

Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew

Eta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Fall River Deaconess Home

Family Access of Newton

Family Continuity

Family Independence Initiative

Fathers Uplift

Feminist Empowerment Movement (Revere High School)

First Congregational Church of Sharon Community Food Pantry

Friends of the Rafael Hernandez

Genesis Lacen Family Liaison

Greater Boston Food Bank

Guardians of the Streets

Harbor Health/Neponset Health Center

Interfaith Social Services Quincy

Jeannine’s Joy

Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS)

Jewish Family Services (JFS of MetroWest)

JF&CS Food Pantry

Justice Resource Institute

Lazarus House

Liz Murphy Open Hand Food Pantry

Lynn Community Connections Coalition

Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development Group Inc.

Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center

Mission Maranatha

Mothers Helping Mothers

Mujeres Unidas Avanzando

Needham Community Council Food Pantry

New Global Harvest Church

New Hope, Inc.

Newton Food Pantry

Norwood Baptist Church RI

On The Rise

Plymouth Family Resource Center

PowerCorps Boston

Presente en Nuestra Communidad

Program RISE

Project Just Because

Quincy Community Action Programs

Revival Center

Rose’s Bounty Pantry

Ruth’s House

Saint Francis House

Schochet Companies

Shaquera Story

Sociedad Latina

Solutions At Work

Somebody Cares New England

St Mary’s Food Pantry

St Patrick’s Food Pantry

Stone Soup Café

The Roxbury Financial Empowerment Center

Tifereth Raphael

Together We Stand Corporation

Triumph Inc

United Way

Volunteers of America Massachusetts

WATCH CDC

Watertown Food Pantry

Wellesley Food Pantry

Women’s Fund SouthCoast

Women’s Refugee Care

Worcester Families & Communities Feeding Families & Communities

You Forward Vinfen

HYGIENE DISTRIBUTION PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: MENSTRUAL + HYGIENE PRODUCT PILOT PROGRAM

Hope & Comfort is proud lead an innovative, three-year pilot program which distributes comprehensive, personalized menstrual + hygiene product kits to Greater Boston youth in need monthly. This program is generously funded in part by CJP’s The Miriam Fund. Select participating partners include our longtime collaborators at Beacon Academy, Charlestown Coalition, Hyde Square Task Force, Raw Art Works , School on Wheels MA, South Boston Neighborhood House, Waltham Boys & Girls Club, Waltham Partnership for Youth, and YouthConnect. These inspiring partners each provide frontline services to young people in need across Greater Boston, bolstered further by Hope & Comfort’s support through frequent essential product distributions.

Our pilot program addresses the widespread issue of period poverty, which goes hand in hand with overall hygiene insecurity. Did you know that 9 out of 10 participants we surveyed reported having to miss at least a day of school due to insufficient access to pads or tampons? Using a distribution methodology that is responsive to the highly individualized needs of our clients, we not only supply a comprehensive suite of both period and hygiene products on a rolling monthly basis, but also collect data on the prevalence and impact of period poverty. Our interim findings can be viewed in reports covering Pilot Program Report: Year #1, built on further in Tackling Period Poverty and Hygiene Insecurity in Greater Boston: Year #2 and Menstrual & Hygiene Equity for Greater Boston: Year #3.

As we work to build awareness around this often-overlooked issue and increase support for young people experiencing both period poverty and hygiene insecurity, we invite you to do the same by donating menstrual products, supporting Hope & Comfort’s work, and sharing our latest report. Together, we can end hygiene insecurity and advance equity for women, girls, and others who menstruate.