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Families Stay Safe & Happy Thanks to KidCents Wish Support – Adam Salazar

Families Stay Safe & Happy Thanks to KidCents Wish Support 

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, families struggle with an ever-growing list of needs, costs, and priorities. Whether it is covering basic living expenses in addition to the mounting costs of medical treatment or keeping their child happy and comfortable, parents and caregivers require a variety of support. Thanks to support from the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) was able to continue providing this essential support through our Link program.

CCA purchased gift cards for parents and families to use to respond to the ever-changing needs faced by their families. Examples of these services include:
• Purchasing groceries to keep family members safe and healthy
• Gas and Uber gift cards to enable families to transport their child to & from treatment
• Lego, iTunes, and other entertainment gift cards to keep kids engaged and uplifted during their treatment

RiteAid’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of its communities has truly had an incredible impact on CCA-served kids and families. Thank you for connecting families to the power of joy when they need it most!

Charity: Children’s Cancer Association

Helping serve over 50,000 meals each year to kids in Lowell. – Angel Brunelle

Kids who are hungry struggle to study, focus on others and concentrate on tasks at hand. That’s why, in 2012, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell started our Healthy Meals program. Each evening after school, our Club members can enjoy a hot, nutritious dinner prepared in-house by our Nutrition Manager Sally Thayer. For most of our members (96% of whom live in low income households), this is their most complete, nutritious meal of the day. For many, sadly, without this meal they might not have dinner at all.
Ten year old Seth said this about the Healthy Meals program “I have dinner at the Club whenever I am here. Sally is a good cook, she cares a lot about everybody. I like the dinner at the Club because at home I normally don’t get dinner.”

Since the program started, it has grown rapidly. These days, Sally serves over 250 children dinner each day. In 2017, over 54,000 healthy meals were served (an increase of 20,000 meals since 2012). The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program helped meet the growing demands of our kitchen by funding the purchase of a new, larger refrigerator, and a new freezer. Our kitchen did not have a freezer in the past, which created inefficiencies in ordering food. In addition, our Club now has a professional blender to whip up smoothies for our “Healthy Habits” program. While our Healthy meals program is largely focused on reducing food insecurity, our goal is to teach healthy eating habits at the same time. Programs like “Healthy Habits” are designed to support that goal. With our new refrigerator, freezer and blender, our Healthy Meals program is poised to serve even more meals in 2018.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell serves a diverse population of youth ages 7 – 18 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Our mission is “to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Thanks to community support like the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, 1,500 young people in Lowell have a safe place to be after school, where they can build healthy relationships with positive adult role models, and seek opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.

Charity: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

Lisa Followay Receives KIDCHAMP Award – The Rite Aid Foundation

Lisa Followay Receives KIDCHAMP Award
Lisa Followay Receives KIDCHAMP Award


The Rite Aid Foundation announced that Lisa Followay, executive director of the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO), located in Dalton, Ohio, has been awarded its KIDCHAMPSM Award for her unwavering efforts to provide athletes with disabilities the opportunity to compete in competitive and recreational sports. Followay is the 4th to receive this award.

As the mother of a disabled child, Followay realized the importance of sports early in her son Casey’s life. When the family moved to Ohio, and Followay found very few options for Casey, she decided to create opportunities, not just for Casey, but for other kids just like him, by founding ASPO in 2009.

Over the past few years, Followay has grown ASPO into the largest adaptive sports organization in Ohio. The organization serves over 300 individuals in six cities through multiple sports including basketball, sled hockey and track.

Followay also worked with the Ohio Senate to allocate funding through the Ohio Department of Education for the creation of the first interscholastic wheelchair basketball team in Ohio. Since the pilot launched during the 2015-16 school year, the program has expanded to include teams in five school districts.

“It is truly an honor to receive the KIDCHAMP Award and I’d like to thank The Rite Aid Foundation and KidCents for helping all of us at ASPO continue our important work,” said Followay. “Sports help develop focus and discipline. They teach children how to work as a team, overcome challenges and form friendships, while also improving their overall health and wellbeing. At ASPO, we want to spread the belief that children with disabilities don’t have to watch from the sidelines. They can participate in competition and make meaningful contributions to their teams… you just need to give them the opportunity!”

In recognition of her service, Followay received a $10,000 donation to ASPO and $500 in Rite Aid cash cards during a special ceremony at ASPO’s headquarters.

Congratulations to Lisa Followay, a true KIDCHAMP!

Rite Aid Foundation Launches the Prescription Drug Safety Program in Seattle-area High Schools – The Rite Aid Foundation

Rite Aid Foundation Launches the Prescription Drug  Safety Program in Seattle-area High Schools

To help address adolescent drug abuse and misuse in the state of Washington, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program, an innovative digital course about prescription drug abuse prevention, to Seattle-area high schools.


Representatives from The Rite Aid Foundation and the state of Washington announced the program on October 4, during an event at Evergreen High School, the first school in Seattle to integrate the program into its curriculum.


The Prescription Drug Safety program uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.


The program is available to high schools in the Seattle-Tacoma Metro area, which includes King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties, at no cost. Over the next year, 60 other local high schools will activate the program.


“We have seen a dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse and misuse, and it has become a national health problem that poses a serious threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of our young people,” said Kermit Crawford, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to introduce this important prevention education to Seattle-area students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five high school seniors admits to misusing prescription drugs. It’s more important than ever to reach out to our students and arm them with the knowledge to prevent abuse before it occurs.”


The Rite Aid Foundation has made a three-year, $1.7 million commitment to Prescription Drug Safety program. This donation also funds the introduction of the Prescription Drug Safety program to high schools in Ohio, California, Michigan, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The program is expected to reach more than 400 high schools.

The Rite Aid Foundation Awards $2 Million to Support Folds of Honor Scholarships – The Rite Aid Foundation

Folds of Honor Scholarship Presentation, 2017

The Rite Aid Foundation announced today that 422 students have been selected as 2018 Folds of Honor educational scholarship recipients through its KidCents program. This year’s $2 million award completes a three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of fallen or disabled service members.

“Education plays such an important role in a child’s wellbeing and development, and we’re pleased to be honoring the tremendous sacrifice of our military heroes by helping their children have the educational foundation they need to achieve their dreams,” said Kermit Crawford, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation.


Starting this week, Rite Aid associates will begin recognizing select scholarship recipients during special in-store celebration events. In addition to the scholarship, students will receive a commemorative certificate and Rite Aid gift card.


Since first partnering with Folds of Honor in 2015, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded over 1,500 scholarships totaling more than $7.1 million to the families of our military heroes.


“The Rite Aid Foundation has been an extraordinary partner in our mission to educate the legacy of our fallen and disabled service members,” said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor Founder and CEO. “Rite Aid, its associates and customers have taken on our mission as their own and worked tirelessly to honor the sacrifices of our military men and women, their families and children.”

Rite Aid Foundation Launches New KidCents Regional Grant Program – The Rite Aid Foundation



As part of its commitment to improving the lives of children, The Rite Aid Foundation has launched the KidCents Regional Grant Program, which is designed to support nonprofit organizations that serve children in Rite Aid communities.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to improving the health and well-being of children and creating a safe environment for them to live and grow,” said Tracy Henderson, Director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Our new KidCents Regional Grant Program will help us make an even greater impact in the communities we serve by supporting the organizations that are changing the lives of our most vulnerable children and enabling them to achieve future success.”

For the first grant cycle, projects may include out-of-school time programs with a goal of improving nutrition, physical fitness or academic success. The grants will range from $15,000-$30,000 and are available in select counties in twelve states. States include California, Maryland, Michigan, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

Applications for the grants are available by invitation only. Interested charities must submit a Letter of Interest online at by June 22. Grants will be awarded in November 2018.