The Rite Aid Foundation has selected the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club to participate in its 2020 KidCents program, which annually supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.
“We are excited about being invited for our second year as a KidCents agency,” said Rebecca Vincheski, CEO of the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club. “The money received from our supporters rounding up at Rite Aid has allowed us to continue to do what we do best – make a positive impact on the kids and teens of the City of Niagara Falls.”
In addition to being selected as a KidCents charity, the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club will receive a $5,000 grant, which will be used to support its “Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds” initiative. Over the past two years, Rite Aid has supported this program through grants and the KidCent program. The initiative enables children to learn how caring for their body impacts every other area of their lives. Not only to do they learn the effects of eating right and what happens when one eats unhealthy foods, but they also receive cooking classes at the club.
The Rite Aid Foundation welcomed a total of 481 nonprofits to its 2020 KidCents class – the largest class ever.
The number of KidCents charities has more than doubled since the program’s inception in 2014, when 204 nonprofits comprised the inaugural class. Over seven years, The Rite Aid Foundation has contributed a total of more than $34 million to KidCents charities across the country, thanks to members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, rounding up their in-store or online purchases to donate to KidCents.
“More than 3 million Rite Aid customers actively choose to make meaningful contributions to help children in their communities through KidCents. The program’s growth is a testament to their generosity and commitment to building safer, stronger and more supportive communities for youth across the country,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation and Rite Aid chief human resources officer. “The 2020 KidCents class has the opportunity to prove that change adds up exponentially, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goal of giving kids better lives and brighter futures.”
For a full list of KidCents charities or to learn more about how Rite Aid’s wellness+ rewards members can support charities in their own communities, visit www.kidcents.com.
About Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club
Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Clubs was established in 1936. Over the years, it has expanded its reach from one to nine program locations throughout the City of Niagara Falls. Today, it is working to build a focus on academic success, career development and leadership and building healthy youth and families, so the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club will truly be “The place where Great Futures Start.” The club has an annual membership of more than 1,500 young people who range in age from 5-21. Every day, staff seek to enrich the lives of girls and boys who need them most, and are dedicated to ensuring the community's disadvantaged youngsters have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. Clubs provide diverse activities that meet the needs and interests of youth.
About The Rite Aid Foundation
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $68 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, since 1994, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
About the KidCents Program
Through the KidCents program, which is The Rite Aid Foundation's charitable giving program dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid services, members of Rite Aid's loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, 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. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.
About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering health care services and retail products to over 1.6 million Americans daily. Its pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. An array of whole-being health products and services for the family are provided through over 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 18 states. Through EnvisionRxOptions, pharmacy benefit management is delivered to approximately 1,900 clients and 3.4 million members. For more information, visit www.riteaid.com.