Armidale War Library can now assist those in the community dealing with period poverty with their new Dignity Vending Machine thanks to Woolworths and Share the Dignity.
Share the Dignity's Dignity Vending Machines dispenses period packs which contain two pads and six tampons allowing girls and women access to free sanitary products to manage their period with dignity.
Councillor Debra O'Brien said Armidale Regional Council is pleased to be part of such an important initiative.
"The installation of the Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine is an important step in making sure everyone living within our community has access to the most basic sanitary products that should be available to everyone, no matter their socio-economic status," Cr O'Brien said.
Local Share the Dignity volunteer Anne Lane is one of several volunteers who will be responsible for restocking and managing the new vending machine.
"At Share the Dignity we believe that access to period products is a right, not a privilege and that no woman or girl should ever have to choose between eating and living with dignity," she said.
"Our Dignity Vending Machines allow those in need access to pads and tampons so that they can manage their period with the dignity they deserve."
Woolworths's commitment to Share the Dignity includes funding over 90 Dignity Vending Machines.
Woolworths Armidale Store Manager Jeffrey Carson said, "We know that a little good can make a big difference and we are so pleased to continue our partnership with Share the Dignity to fund the Dignity Vending Machine at the Armidale War Library to help those in need."
Share the Dignity have now installed 236 vending machines Australia wide.
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