A BENDIGO group is collecting sanitary products this month to help put an end to period poverty.
Share the Dignity is a national organisation that collects pads, tampons, and other necessary items for women who are homeless, experiencing family violence, or struggling financially.
The organisation, which has been operating for five years, is holding one of its annual Dignity Drives this month.
Loddon Murray regional leader Lauren Read said the branch had about 1600 requests for sanitary products from more than 14 service providers around Bendigo.
Those providers include Bendigo Community Health Services, the Centre for Non-Violence, and Haven; Home, Safe.
"Period poverty is very much an issue in the community," Ms Read said. "No woman or girl in the region should go without sanitary products.
"We're here to help. We're asking for donations so no one has to experience that."
Ms Read said the group collected more than 2300 donations in last year's drives. She said all of the items donated in the region would stay within the region.
"The donations don't only fulfil our initial requests from service providers, they also allow us to keep extra storage if we get emergency requests," she said.
Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay started the organisation back in 2015 when she noticed how many women going without during their period.
She said anyone - regardless of gender - could contribute to her cause.
"I don't believe it's a female issue," she said. "It's a societal issue to afford everyone dignity. If you don't get a period, you come from someone who did."
Ms Read said while most support services were looking for pads and tampons, Share the Dignity was also looking to expand its products.
"We don't have as many requests for sustainable items but we would like to see more donated," she said.
"It's not always an option for our recipients due to a number of reasons - access to clean water, hygiene, education, religious or cultural beliefs.
"But we understand it can be a great solution to period poverty as well as helping the environment."
The Dignity Drive will run through to March 31. Woolworths has come on board as one of the major collection points.
Five cents from every packet of pads and tampons bought at Woolworths will also go towards Share the Dignity.
Ms Read encouraged everyone to check out sharethedignity.com.au/donate-pads-tampons to find their closest donation point.
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