The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded EPIC – Every Person Influences Children with a $10,000 grant as part of its 2021 Giving Tuesday grant program.
"We are so thankful to the Rite Aid Foundation for recognizing the needs of families here in Western New York," said Tara N. Burgess, EPIC's executive director. "This grant will be used to support families through literacy programming, supplying car seats and offering parenting programs to help them overcome a variety of challenges. As their needs change, we need to be able to adapt and provide them with the resources they are seeking."
EPIC is one of nearly 500 partner charities across the country receiving a Giving Tuesday award from The Rite Aid Foundation. The grants are funded through the KidCents customer fundraising program. Rite Aid customers enrolled in KidCents can round up their purchases in-store and online. The Rite Aid Foundation reinvests the customer contributions into local charities and missions to drive community change and support disadvantaged and underserved communities. This year’s total foundation grant allocation was $4.8 million.
“EPIC shares The Rite Aid Foundation’s caring commitment to creating healthier and more equitable neighborhoods,” said Matthew DeCamara, executive director of The Rite Aid Foundation, a public charity established by Rite Aid in 2001. “All of our Giving Tuesday grant recipients address the profound realities of racial inequities and health disparities through their own ways and strategies – and have done it during an unprecedented public-health crisis that has significantly interrupted normal programming, fundraising events and daily operations. We’re grateful to support their important work and uplift our neighborhoods together.”