Woolworths has partnered with Share the Dignity to help Wellington Shire residents address period poverty throughout August.

Share the Dignity’s ‘Dignity Drive’ started on Tuesday, August 2, and aims to directly address period poverty and increase the number of freely available period care products across the state.

Woolworths and Share the Dignity are calling on Wellington Shire residents to participate in this month’s ‘Dignity Drive’ by donating period care products into Share the Dignity bins at your local Woolworths store.

Following an increased need for period care products within the community and across Victoria, Woolworths will also donate five cents from each period care product sold during the drive to help support local community initiatives and Share the Dignity’s Dignity Vending Machines.

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Help Share the Dignity support and give dignity to women in tough times. Supplied.

Since the partnership’s beginning in 2019, Woolworths has donated over $2 million to support those experiencing period poverty, and Woolies customers have donated over 575,000 period care products.

In March alone, Woolworths customers donated more than 82,000 period care products, and Woolworths donated $119,000 to Share the Dignity.

This month marks the eighth Dignity Drive with Woolworths and Share the Dignity working hand-in-hand to make a difference.

Group manager Paul Magyar said Woolworths was proud to continue its partnership with Share The Dignity.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Share The Dignity and support the meaningful change they are creating,” Mr Magyar said.

“We would also like to thank all our Wellington Shire customers who have donated as their generous contribution has helped lessen the impact of an already challenging time.”

Share the Dignity VIC volunteer state team leader Donna Levinson-Murray said efforts across Wellington Shire are well and truly in motion to end period poverty.

“We are pleased to have the support of Woolworths to raise awareness and lessen the impact again this year, following a successful Dignity Drive in March,” Ms Leinson-Murray said.

In April, Woolworths and Share the Dignity announced the milestone of the 100th Dignity Vending Machine sponsored by Woolworths.

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You can find a Share the Dignity donation bin at the front of your local Woolworths store. Photo supplied.

The machines offer free period products accessible in bathrooms in schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, women’s refuge centres and other local community organisations.

Since the first Dignity Vending Machine was installed in 2019, Woolworths-sponsored machines have dispensed over 68,000 free period packs nationally.

The Dignity Drive will run across Woolworths supermarkets in Wellington Shire with pink collection boxes located at the front of every Woolworths store for customers to donate purchased any period care products or add a cash donation at Woolworths registers.

Period care products such as selected tampons and pads have been on sale as part of the Woolworths weekly catalogue since August 3, encouraging customers to purchase and donate items to those in need.

Pop into your local Woolies in the next two weeks, donate period products and Share the Dignity.