A CAMPAIGN supporting women in need has been boosted by a partnership with a major supermarket chain.
The Share the Dignity campaign will partner with Woolworths during the month of August to help deliver personal hygiene products.
A collection bin is currently set up near the service counter at Woolworths Gunnedah for donations.
Woolworths will take the partnership a step further by donating five cents from the sale of pads, tampons and liners in August to Share the Dignity, to help the charity fund more vending machines that dispense free sanitary items to women experiencing homelessness.
One of these dispensers is located at the back entrance corridor to the Gunnedah Discount Drug Store.
Share the Dignity's Leanne Pitt-Barile said the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a spike in the number of women in need.
"Through no fault of their own, more women and girls in Gunnedah are not going to be able to afford basic essentials and will have to resort to toilet paper, socks or washers to deal with their period," Ms Pitt-Barile said.
"Together with Woolworths Gunnedah, we're calling on the local community to support our August Dignity Drive by purchasing their sanitary items at Woolworths or donating what products they can to our collection boxes."
Woolworths has partnered with Share the Dignity since 2019 and has raised more than $1.3 million for the charity.
The funds raised have helped for the installation of 80 dignity vending machines across Australia.
The August push comes after a drive in March collected over 43,000 sanitary items for women in need.
- For more information on becoming a volunteer, visit the Share the Dignity New England Facebook page.