The financial impact of COVID-19 means some women have to make the choice between buying food or sanitary items.
Orange's Woolworth stores have thrown their support behind the national Share the Dignity initiative by placing a collection box in their stores to encourage customers to donate sanitary items for women who cannot otherwise afford them.
Woolworths North Orange store manager Mathew Radburn said they wanted to help those who need it most.
"We've partnered with Share the Dignity since early 2019 and with the support of our amazing customers, we have raised over $1.3 million for the charity," he said.
"The Dignity Drive held in March collected over 43,000 sanitary items for women in need across Australia and the team here at North Orange are incredibly proud to be giving it our support again.
"No woman or girl should have to miss school, or skip work, because of their period."
Mr Radburn said he understands it's a difficult time for many people but is amazed by the generosity of the community.
"Those who may be in a position to help can donate in store, each donation goes a long way in helping vulnerable women and girls in the community," he said.
Customers are able to donate any form of sanitary item, including pads, tampons or liners.
Mr Radburn added pads have been the most popular item donated, however there is no preference as all items go towards making a big difference to the lives of others.
"Share the Dignity's mission is to give all women the dignity they deserve by providing access to necessary sanitary items," he said.
"Purchasing an extra packet of sanitary items and making a donation to the Dignity Drive could make a huge difference to the lives of women in need."
Woolworths will also donate five cents from the sale of pads, tampons and liners in the August drive, to help the charity fund more Dignity vending machines.
The machines dispense free sanitary items to women experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or facing difficult circumstances.
Share the Dignity has reported a 54 per cent increase in the number of charities registering for the August Dignity Drive, when compared to the previous drive earlier this year.
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