Introducing our brand new Period Poverty Initiative offering free period products in partnership with Homeless Period Belfast. Lidl Northern Ireland becomes the first supermarket retailer in the region to offer free period products in stores nationwide to customers as part of a major new initiative aimed at tackling period poverty.
The new initiative which is being backed by Homeless Period Belfast, will offer our customers a dedicated coupon for a free box of sanitary pads or tampons per customer each month, redeemed through the Lidl Plus app.
Starting on 24th August 2021, those looking to get urgent access to period products can download Lidl’s app, Lidl Plus, and then register using the link below to receive a free monthly coupon which they will receive on 1st September 2021 and then ongoing on monthly basis.
> Click here to Sign Up for the Period Product Support Programme
> Click here to Opt Out of the Period Product Support Programme
Since April, Lidl Northern Ireland has also been making regular donations of sanitary wear to the Simon Community Northern Ireland to ensure people experiencing homelessness - who may not have access to a smartphone - can access these essential products.
Period poverty is described as the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management, and is a growing issue in Northern Ireland which has become more prevalent since the Covid-19 pandemic.
A survey by equality charity Plan International UK recently found that more than a third (36%) of girls aged 14-21 in the UK have struggled to afford or access period products during the Coronavirus pandemic - up a fifth on last year.
The Homeless Period Belfast was established in 2016 to raise awareness of period poverty locally. The volunteer-led, not-for-profit group works to provide period products to those in need and actively campaigns for free period products for all girls and women across the region.