Rite Aid Foundation Awards $4 Million Through KidCents Regional Grant Program

Rite Aid Foundation Awards $4 Million Through KidCents Regional Grant Program

CAMP HILL, Pa.–()–As part of its ongoing efforts to address critical children’s health and
wellbeing issues in the communities it serves, The Rite Aid Foundation,
announced today 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million through the
inaugural cycle of the KidCents Regional Grant Program.

This new program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000,
significantly expands the reach of KidCents by funding specific
out-of-school-time programs focused on children’s nutrition, physical
fitness and academic success. The KidCents program also annually
supports a select group of more than 400 nonprofit, kid-focused
organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of
children living in the communities Rite Aid serves and national
organizations focused on critical children’s issues, including The Fred
Rogers Company, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.

“We created the KidCents program to ensure that kids have a chance for
better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of
The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “With the
introduction of the KidCents Regional Grant program, we are expanding
our efforts even more while filling a need for valuable
out-of-school-time programming. In addition, we are enabling our partner
nonprofit organizations to implement innovative, ground-breaking
programs that advance children’s health and wellbeing and promote
academic growth.”

KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs
that serve children, from newborn to 18 years of age, and improve the
quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three
of KidCents’ primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing
of children: healthy eating, active living and education. To be
considered, programs and projects were required to take place during
out-of-school-time. Priority was given to programs that support
communities in need.

“We are immensely grateful for the tremendous support of The Rite Aid
Foundation in helping us expand our Rising New York Road Runners
program, which helps children gain the skills, confidence and desire to
be physically active for life,” said Rachel Pratt, senior vice president
of youth and community services at New York Road Runners. “This grant
will enable thousands of additional children to participate in our free
after-school fitness programs and running events, putting them on a path
to be healthy and active for the rest of their lives.”

Charities receiving grants range from local affiliates of national
organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls on the Run to
smaller community-based organizations like Stone Garage Inc. in Kennett
Square, Pa., and the Eastern Market in Detroit, Mich. In addition,
several of the 400 nonprofit organizations currently participating in
the KidCents in-store round-up program were also awarded Regional Grants.

Funded programs include arts education and conflict resolution programs,
educational programs for LGBTQ youth, mentoring programs for at-risk
youth, academic support for teenagers battling cancer, language programs
for refugee children and food assistance and nutrition education for
children in need. Examples of specific organizations and projects funded

  • Boys & Girls Club of Alameda, Alameda, Calif.

    This program provides 500 Alameda youth and teens
    with a comprehensive culinary, nutrition and health education program
    integrated with physical fitness and recreational programming.
    Participating youth learn important lessons about personal health and
    fitness and the importance of good food choices.

  • Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, Seattle, Wash.

    Up Summer
    This program keeps kids reading during the summer
    months so that they are ready to learn when they return to school in
    the fall. Low-income students in kindergarten through second grade
    will be given 12 free, self-selected books to read over the summer
    months. Giving books to students from low-income families is one of
    the only reading interventions that has been proven to improve student
    reading levels.

  • Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

    Century Community Learning Centers Program at Almira Academy and
    Walton Elementary
    This program provides children in
    high-poverty neighborhoods with access to theatre education programs,
    arts enrichment and academic support throughout the year. The
    Cleveland Playhouse will employ evidence-based arts education
    strategies and practices to improve reading, math, social and
    emotional learning.

  • New York Road Runners, Inc., New York, N.Y.

    Rising New
    York Road Runners
    This program uses the latest research on
    long-term athletic development and physical literacy to help children
    become physically active for life. Free after-school programs and
    weekend running and fitness events offer boys and girls a combination
    of activities and structured running.

  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Gardens Youth Programming
    This gardening, youth empowerment
    and arts and culture program provides educational and employment
    opportunities through creative after-school and summer programs. From
    garden apprenticeships and agricultural projects to arts education,
    youth find a safe space during out-of-school time and gain confidence
    to succeed.

“Book Up Summer, which combats summer learning loss, is based on leading
literacy research and is designed to help the students who need it
most,” said Susan Dibble, Executive Director, Page Ahead Children’s
Literacy Program. “Thanks to the generous support of The Rite Aid
Foundation, students from low-income families will have the books and
resources they need to continue reading this summer and return to school
in the fall ready to learn and poised for academic growth and success.”

The inaugural cycle of grants launched in May 2018 and was available in
select counties in the following states: California, Delaware, Maryland,
Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. Another cycle of KidCents
Regional Grants will launch later this year. To learn more about the
program visit riteaid.com/grants.

Through the KidCents program, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+
, can round up their in-store or online purchases to
the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also
choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting www.kidcents.com.
Through KidCents’ Step Up Fund, The Rite Aid Foundation provides a
matching donation of $500 for every $500 a charity raises in
contributions through the wellness+ rewards program, up to a
maximum of $5,000. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more
than $50 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid,
through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates,
has also raised more than $87 million for Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading
drugstore chains with fiscal 2018 annual revenues of $21.5 billion.
Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press
releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

The 180 charities receiving KidCents Regional Grants include:


Aim High for High School, San Francisco:

Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Alameda: $30,000.00

Area Outreach & Recreation Program, Berkeley: $15,000.00

Youth Alternatives, Berkeley: $20,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of
Camarillo, Camarillo: $20,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Fontana,
Fontana: $15,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, Ventura:

Boys & Girls Club of Menifee Valley, Menifee: $20,000.00

& Girls Club of San Marcos, San Marcos: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls
Club of Santa Clara Valley, Santa Paula: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls
Club of the Foothills, Monrovia: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Central Orange Coast, Irvine: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Garden Grove, Inc., Garden Grove: $20,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Greater San Diego, San Diego: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Metro Los Angeles, Los Angeles: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Oakland, Inc., Oakland: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside,
Oceanside: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, Santa
Monica: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whittier, Whittier:

Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, Inc., Anaheim: $15,000.00

and Girls Club of Vista, Vista: $20,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs of
Carlsbad, Carlsbad: $15,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater
Sacramento, Sacramento: $20,000.00

Boys Club of Buena Park, Buena
Park: $15,000.00

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California,
Irvine: $15,000.00

Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Los
Angeles: $15,000.00

Community Action Partnership of Orange County,
Garden Grove: $15,000.00

Desert Sanctuary, Inc., Barstow: $25,000.00

America Riverside | San Bernardino, Riverside: $20,000.00

Finders, Lakewood: $15,000.00

Food Literacy Center, Sacramento:

Girl Scouts of Northern California, Alameda: $25,000.00

Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland: $25,000.00

Girls Incorporated of
Orange County, Costa Mesa: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run of Greater
Sacramento, Sacramento: $30,000.00

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles
County, Pasadena: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley,
Inc., Los Gatos: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run Orange County, Newport
Beach: $15,000.00

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, Santa
Ana: $25,000.00

Improve Your Tomorrow, Sacramento: $20,000.00

Center for Early Childhood, Irvine: $15,000.00

Lincoln, Oakland:

Los Angeles LGBT Center, Hollywood: $25,000.00

de San Diego, San Diego: $15,000.00

Mar Vista Family Center, Culver
City: $15,000.00

Mercy Housing California, Sacramento: $20,000.00

Homework House, Azusa: $25,000.00

Project Access, Inc., Orange:

Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose: $25,000.00

Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club, Newhall: $20,000.00

The Boys
& Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Inc., Burbank: $20,000.00

Fit Kids Foundation, Redwood City: $20,000.00

The Wooden Floor for
Youth Movement, Santa Ana: $25,000.00

Thomas House Temporary
Shelter, Garden Grove: $15,000.00

Tiger Woods Foundation, Irvine:

Tri-City Health Center, Fremont: $15,000.00

for Kids Marin, San Rafael: $30,000.00

Union Rescue Mission, Los
Angeles: $25,000.00

United Friends of the Children, Los Angeles:

United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC), Big
Bear Lake: $15,000.00

Variety Children’s Charities of the Desert –
Tent 66, Palm Desert: $15,000.00

Via International, San Diego:

West Valley Boys & Girls Club, Canoga Park: $30,000.00

Men’s Christian Association of the East Bay, Oakland: $30,000.00


Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Wilmington:

Girls on the Run Delaware, Newark: $20,000.00


Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc., Baltimore:

Girls on the Run of Harford and Cecil Counties, Bel Air:


Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan,
Farmington Hills: $30,000.00

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit,
Detroit: $30,000.00

Central Detroit Christian Community Development
Corporation, Detroit: $15,000.00

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program,
Detroit: $30,000.00

Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit: $30,000.00

HOPE, Detroit: $30,000.00

Forgotten Harvest, Oak Park: $15,000.00

For America Inc., Detroit: $15,000.00

Kent County Girls on the Run,
Kentwood: $16,000.00

The Refugee Education Center, Grand Rapids:

Vista Maria, Dearborn Heights: $25,000.00

Metropolitan Detroit, Detroit: $30,000.00

New Hampshire

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Nashua:

End 68 hours of Hunger Raymond, Raymond: $15,000.00

Inc. of New Hampshire, Manchester: $25,000.00

Salem Family
Resources/Success By 6, Salem: $15,000.00

New Jersey

Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, Camden:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County, Glassboro:

Glassboro Child Development Centers, Glassboro:

Hark-ALS, Inc., Hillsborough: $20,000.00

The Arc
Gloucester, West Deptford: $25,000.00

New York

Achilles International, Inc., New York: $15,000.00

& Girls Clubs of Syracuse, Syracuse: $25,000.00

Boys Hope Girls
Hope of New York, Brooklyn: $30,000.00

Brooklyn Music School,
Brooklyn: $15,000.00

DMF Youth, Inc, New York: $20,000.00

Youth Initiatives, Inc., New York: $25,000.00

Girls Inc. of Long
Island, Deer Park: $30,000.00

Girls on the Run Long Island,
Massapequa: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run NYC, Brooklyn: $25,000.00

Shepherd Services, New York: $25,000.00

Grand St. Settlement, New
York: $30,000.00

Island Harvest Food Bank, Bethpage: $30,000.00

Square Boys & Girls Club, Inc., New York: $30,000.00

Camp, Inc., Elmsford: $25,000.00

Motivational Recovery
Environments, Inc., Copiague: $20,000.00

New York Road Runners,
Inc., New York: $30,000.00

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club, Niagara
Falls: $25,000.00

QSAC, Inc., New York: $20,000.00

Youth Center, Bronx: $25,000.00

Row New York, New York: $25,000.00

GO Project, Inc., New York: $20,000.00

The Salvation Army, Buffalo:

Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, Inc., Long Island
City: $20,000.00


Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, Dalton: $25,000.00

& Girls Club of Massillon, Massillon: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls
Clubs of the Western Reserve, Akron: $30,000.00

Boys Hope Girls
Hope of Northeastern Ohio, Garfield Heights: $20,000.00

Play House, Cleveland: $30,000.00

Girls on the Run of Greater
Summit dba Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio, Brecksville: $30,000.00

on the Run of Northwest Ohio, Toledo: $22,000.00

Youth Challenge,
Westlake: $30,000.00


Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area,
Portland: $25,000.00

Girls on the Run of Portland Metro, Portland:

Marathon Education Partners, Portland: $15,000.00


Anti-Drug & Alcohol Crusaders, Inc.,
Philadelphia: $15,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg,
Harrisburg: $30,000.00

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh:

Central PA Food Bank, Harrisburg: $30,000.00

YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, Lansdowne: $25,000.00

Cradles to
Crayons, Conshohocken: $30,000.00

Drueding Center, Philadelphia:

EducationWorks, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Support Circle, Inc., Philadelphia: $25,000.00

Girl Scouts in the
Heart of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run
Capital Area, Lemoyne: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run Montgomery and
Delaware Counties, PA, Ambler: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run of
Hunterdon, Bucks and Warren Counties, Flemington, NJ: $20,000.00

on the Run of Lancaster, Landisville: $30,000.00

Girls on the Run
Philadelphia, Philadelphia: $20,000.00

Harrisburg Area YMCA,
Harrisburg: $25,000.00

Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg,
Harrisburg: $15,000.00

Joshua Group, Harrisburg: $30,000.00

College, La Plume: $20,000.00

Leg Up Farm, Mount Wolf: $25,000.00

Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh: $20,000.00

Mercy Neighborhood
Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia: $20,000.00

Writers, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Norris Square Neighborhood
Project, Philadelphia: $25,000.00

Olivet Boys & Girls Club of
Reading and Berks County, Inc., Pottstown: $15,000.00

Project SHARE
of Carlisle, Carlisle: $25,000.00

Rainbow’s End Youth Services,
Mount Joy: $15,000.00

Sarah Heinz House Association, Pittsburgh:

Special People In Northeast Inc., Philadelphia:

Stone Garage, Inc., Kennett Square: $15,000.00

Audubon: $15,000.00

The Food Trust, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Parkesburg POINT Youth Center, Parkesburg: $15,000.00

The Salvation
Army, York: $25,000.00

The Young Women’s Christian Association of
Carlisle, Carlisle: $15,000.00

University City Science Center,
Philadelphia: $20,000.00

Vetri Foundation for Children,
Philadelphia: $25,000.00

YMCA of York and York County, York:

York County Library System, York: $30,000.00

Mens Christian Association of Greater Brandywine, West Chester:

Young Mens Christian Association of Wilkes-Barre Inc.,
Wilkes-Barre: $25,000.00

Young Womens Christian Association of
York, York: $20,000.00


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula,
Newport News: $25,000.00

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the
Eastern Shore, Norfolk: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run of Hampton
Roads, Virginia Beach: $25,000.00

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank,
Hampton: $20,000.00


Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, Bellevue:

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Seattle: $20,000.00

& Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, Everett: $30,000.00

Boys &
Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Tacoma: $30,000.00

Foundation for
Edmonds School District, Lynnwood: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run of
Puget Sound, Seattle: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run of Snohomish
County, Lynnwood: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run WestSound, Tracyton:

Outdoors for All Foundation, Seattle: $15,000.00

Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, Seattle: $15,000.00

Reach Out
and Read, Inc., Seattle: $20,000.00

Wear Blue: Run to Remember,
Dupont: $25,000.00