Raymond Terrace Library has installed Port Stephens first ‘Share the Dignity” vending machine to provide free period packs at the press of a button.

The vending machine aims to reduce period poverty in the local community and support access to safe, hygienic menstrual products.

The system dispenses packs of 6 tampons and 2 pads to ensure that community members have access to basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle.

Port Stephens Council Library Services Manager Kris Abbott says many people struggle to afford menstrual products each month.

“[People] shouldn’t have to choose between purchasing food for their family or buying sanitary products and using something else as a substitute,” Ms Abbott said

The machine is located in the Raymond Terrace Library women’s toilet and can be accessed by pressing the green button.

A 10-minute delay between dispensing packs prevents misuse of the machine.

Kris Abbott and Library Circulation Coordinator Nada with the Share the Dignity vending machine
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