Lidl have announced that they are the “first major retailer in the world to offer free products in stores nationwide to combat period poverty”. Lidl is in partnership with Homeless Period Ireland.
Lidl stated that a Plan International study on young females in Ireland found that almost 50 per cent of girls aged between 12 and 19 found it difficult to pay for sanitary products.
Customers can claim a dedicated coupon for a free box of sanitary pads or tampons each month through their Lidl Plus app.
Lidl are also committing to quarterly donations of these products to The Simon Communities to ensure people experiencing homelessness, who may not have access to a smartphone, can access these essential products.
Navan based Fine Gael Councillor, Yemi Adenuga, welcomes the decision by Lidl and said it was the “best news ever”. She explained on the 12th of April at a Council meeting she submitted a motion which called on Meath County Council to provide a range of free, safe & suitable products in all public and council buildings to tackle period poverty, which was unanimously passed.
The Labour Party also welcomed the decision by Lidl and asked “if Lidl can do it then why can’t our Government?”. They made reference to a bill that they have proposed to make period products free in schools and other public service buildings