The North West Simon Community has welcomed a new initiative by Lidl Ireland to offer free period products to women and girls affected by period poverty.
The novel scheme was announced last week in partnership with Homeless Period Ireland and The Simon Communities of Ireland.
The new initiative will see the retailer offer a dedicated coupon for a free box of sanitary pads or tampons per customer each month through their app Lidl Plus, and has also committed to quarterly donations of these products to Simon Communities to ensure people experiencing homelessness – who may not have access to a smartphone – can access these essential products.
Lidl, who is a sponsor of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, is also working with the organisation to provide free period products in its LGFA clubs across the country with hopes to reach thousands more women and young girls who may not have access to these products on a regular basis. In addition, Lidl will continue to provide free access of these products to its workforce.
Starting 19th April, those looking to get urgent access to period products can either download Lidl’s app, Lidl Plus, and sign up to receive a free monthly coupon which they will receive on 3rd May and then ongoing on monthly basis.
Anyone experiencing homelessness, or at risk of losing their home can contact North West Simon Community for support at 071 9147522 or fill out a referral form online at www.northwestsimon.ie
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