The Rite Aid Foundation Awards $5 Million Through KidCents Regional Grant Program

233 Grants Will Help Nonprofit Organizations Advance Programs to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Children in Their Communities

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 233 nonprofit grants, totaling more than $5 million, through its KidCents Regional Grant Program.

This program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000, funds 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, as well as national organizations focused on critical children's issues including The Fred Rogers Company, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to being a caring neighbor and making meaningful differences for the children and families who live in the communities we serve,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “The Regional Grant Program significantly expands the reach and impact of our KidCents program, while enabling our partner organizations to provide critical out-of-school time programs that are vital to keeping children and adolescents on track for future success.”

KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve 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 with priority 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 ongoing partnership with the parents of Azusa students in providing them the tools to thrive,” said Jennifer Hicks, executive director of Neighborhood Homework House. “This grant will enable hundreds of children and youth to participate in our after-school programs where, together with their parents, we believe their futures are being rewritten—one graduate at a time.”

Charities receiving grants range from local affiliates of national organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls on the Run to local and regional community-based organizations like Philly Girls in Motion in Havertown, Pa., and Inspiring Minds in Warren, Oh. Several nonprofit organizations currently participating in the KidCents in-store round-up program were also awarded Regional Grants.

Funded programs include food assistance and nutrition education, leadership programs for girls, physical fitness programs for youth with disabilities, STEM and STEAM programs for at-risk youth, academic support programs for children battling homelessness, and summer enrichment programs for children in need.

Examples of specific organizations and projects funded include:

Neighborhood Homework House, Azusa, CA
Improving Educational Opportunity for At-Risk Youth

This program provides a place for children and youth to go for tools and support for academic and lifelong success. STEM exposure is integrated into the youth-focused programs. It is one of the only free after-school programs of its kind that services some of Azusa's most disadvantaged children and teens.

Hand in Hand, Everett, WA
Afterschool Club

This program provides a safe environment where underserved, low-income children, grades 1-5, have opportunities to engage in healthy activities designed to improve their physical, emotional and relational health. The Afterschool Club focuses on increasing physical activity, learning about good nutrition and healthy eating, and receiving academic support.

Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, Detroit, MI
Gearing up to Win!

This program provides a free after-school safe haven for youth between the ages of 8 and 18. In the gym, boys and girls receive tutoring and learn the importance of physical education. Students participate in strength and conditioning training together by running laps or doing push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers, and boxing drills. The entire group then gathers for a huddle where academic team members and coaches have an opportunity to share information and praise students for good behavior, academic successes, and supporting others.

Island Harvest Food Bank, Bethpage, NY
Combatting Childhood Hunger

Insufficient nutrition keeps students from doing well in school and is linked to physical and mental health problems. This program ensures nearly 10,000 children learn the importance of good nutrition to help them develop a lifetime of making healthy food choices.

EducationWorks, Philadelphia, PA
Full STEAM Ahead Out of School Time Programming

EW's Full STEAM Ahead program is provided after school and during summer months to K-12 students who attend low-performing Philadelphia schools. Full STEAM Ahead uses fun open source, inquiry-based online modules and hands-on activities, which focus on improving students' attitudes toward learning through technology and exploration activities.

"We are truly grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for helping us 'gear up' to win," said Jessica Hauser, Executive Director of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. "Our free after-school program combines academics and athletics, teaching students teamwork, discipline and other important life-skills. This KidCents grant will enable us to expand our athletic programming and put more Detroit students on a path to winning futures."

This cycle of KidCents Regional Grants launched in April 2019 and was available in select counties in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. In the first cycle, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million.

Another cycle of KidCents Regional Grants will launch in 2020. To learn more about the program, visit

Through the KidCents program, 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 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

About The Rite Aid Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, 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 since 1994.

About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid Corporation, which generated fiscal 2019 annual revenue of $21.6 billion, is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with 2,464 stores in 18 states and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) capabilities through EnvisionRxOptions and its affiliates. At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in our customers’ health and wellness and deliver the products and services they need to lead healthier lives. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at

The 233 charities receiving KidCents Regional Grants include:


Aim High School, San Francisco: $25,000.00

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

America SCORES Bay Area, San Francisco: $20,000.00

Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club, Lancaster: $15,000.00

Blind Children's Center, Los Angeles: $15,000.00

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

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

Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, Cathedral City: $20,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, Ventura: $25,000.00

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

Boys & 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 Southwest County, Temecula: $20,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Club of Tulare County, Visalia: $15,000.00

Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley, Monterey Park: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim, Anaheim: $15,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County, Fresno: $20,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley, Agoura Hills: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside, Redlands: $20,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, Fountain Valley: $15,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, Bakersfield: $20,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Long Beach: $15,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Inc., Oakland: $30,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whittier, Whittier: $20,000.00

Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad, Carlsbad: $20,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, Sacramento: $25,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, Inc., Santa Monica: $25,000.00

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

Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento, Sacramento: $15,000.00

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

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

Fit 4 The Cause, Inc., Encino: $15,000.00

Food Literacy Center, Sacramento: $30,000.00

Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission, Fresno: $20,000.00

Gasol Foundation, Los Angeles: $15,000.00

Girl Scouts of Northern California, Alameda: $20,000.00

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

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now - KEEN Los Angeles, Los Angeles: $15,000.00

Lake Avenue Foundation Inc., Pasadena: $20,000.00

Life Skills Training and Educational Programs Inc., Sacramento: $15,000.00

Lincoln, Oakland: $20,000.00

Los Angeles LGBT Center, Hollywood: $15,000.00

LTSC Community Development Corporation, Los Angeles: $15,000.00

MANA de San Diego, San Diego: $15,000.00

Mercy Housing California, Sacramento: $20,000.00

Neighborhood Homework House, Azusa: $25,000.00

Pomona Hope, Pomona: $15,000.00

Project Access, Inc., Orange: $20,000.00

Richstone Center, Inc., Hawthorne: $15,000.00

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

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

Southeast Community Foundation, Commerce: $25,000.00

Special Olympics Southern California - San Diego Region, San Diego: $15,000.00

Speech and Language Development Center, Buena Park: $15,000.00

Stars, Pasadena: $25,000.00

Sunday Friends Foundation, San Jose: $20,000.00

The Children's Lifesaving Foundation, Santa Monica: $25,000.00

The Fit Kids Foundation, Redwood City: $25,000.00

The Friendship Club, Grass Valley: $15,000.00

The Regents of the University of California, Irvine: $25,000.00

The San Marcos Promise, San Marcos: $15,000.00

Think Together, Santa Ana: $20,000.00

Thomas House Temporary Shelter, Garden Grove: $20,000.00

Tiger Woods Foundation, Irvine: $20,000.00

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

Trips for Kids Marin, San Rafael: $30,000.00

Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles: $20,000.00

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara: $25,000.00

United States Adaptive Recreation Center, Big Bear Lake: $20,000.00

Via International, San Diego: $15,000.00

Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Porter Ranch: $15,000.00

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



Boys and Girls Club of Meriden, Meriden: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run Greater Hartford, West Hartford: $15,000.00

Morry's Camp, Elmsford: $25,000.00

Wakeman Memorial Association, Fairfield: $25,000.00



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



Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Baltimore: $25,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, Baltimore: $20,000.00

Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, MD, Inc., Aberdeen: $30,000.00

Inner County Outreach, Inc., Aberdeen: $20,000.00

Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc., Baltimore: $15,000.00



Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint, Flint: $30,000.00

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

Brilliant Detroit, Detroit: $20,000.00

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

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay, Saginaw: $15,000.00

Hope For America Inc., Detroit: $15,000.00

Inner City Youth Group, Detroit: $20,000.00

Kent County Girls on the Run, Kentwood: $30,000.00

Play-Place Autism and Special Needs Center, Sterling Heights: $15,000.00

Racquet Up Detroit, Detroit: $15,000.00

The Refugee Education Center, Grand Rapids: $30,000.00

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Detroit: $20,000.00


New Hampshire

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Nashua: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run New Hampshire, Exeter: $15,000.00

Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club, Milford: $15,000.00


New Jersey

Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County, Glassboro: $20,000.00

Food Bank of South Jersey, Pennsauken: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run New Jersey East, Millburn: $15,000.00

Glassboro Child Development Centers, Glassboro: $20,000.00

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




New York

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

Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Oyster Bay: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, Buffalo: $20,000.00

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, Brooklyn: $15,000.00

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

Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc., New York: $30,000.00

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

Girls on the Run Hudson Valley, Inc., New Windsor: $20,000.00

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

Girls on the Run Upstate NY, Syracuse: $15,000.00

Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House, Glen Cove: $25,000.00

Global Kids, Inc., New York: $20,000.00

Island Harvest Food Bank, Bethpage: $30,000.00

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now - KEEN New York, New York: $20,000.00

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, Bronx: $25,000.00

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

New York Scores, New York: $30,000.00

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

QSAC, Inc., New York: $22,500.00

Renaissance Youth Center, Bronx: $25,000.00

Row New York, New York: $30,000.00

St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children, Bayside: $30,000.00

The Children's Rehabilitation Foundation of the Variety Club of Buffalo, Lancaster: $30,000.00

The GO Project, Inc., New York: $25,000.00

The Summit Center, Getzville: $15,000.00

Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, Inc., Long Island City: $30,000.00

Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, Bronx: $20,000.00



Achievement Centers for Children, Highland Hills: $30,000.00

Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, Dalton: $20,000.00

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

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

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

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio, Garfield Heights: $25,000.00

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo, Sylvania: $15,000.00

Down Syndrome Association of the Valley, Boardman: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run Dayton, Dayton: $30,000.00

Girls on the Run of Greater Summit, Brecksville: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run of Stark County, Canton: $15,000.00

Inspiring Minds, Warren: $20,000.00

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: $20,000.00

Oregon Children's Foundation, Portland: $15,000.00

Somali American Council of Oregon, Portland: $20,000.00



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

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

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

Boys & Girls Club of Erie, Inc., Erie: $20,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, Lancaster: $25,000.00

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA, Pittsburgh: $30,000.00

Central PA Food Bank, Harrisburg: $30,000.00

Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, Lansdowne: $20,000.00

Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries, Emmaus: $25,000.00

Drueding Center, Philadelphia: $15,000.00

Eagle Foundation, Mechanicsburg: $20,000.00

EducationWorks, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Family Support Circle, Inc., Philadelphia: $15,000.00

Foundation for the Central Dauphin Schools, Harrisburg: $25,000.00

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run Capital Area, Lemoyne: $30,000.00

Girls on the Run of Berks County, Reading: $15,000.00

Girls on the Run Montgomery and Delaware Counties, Ambler: $20,000.00

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

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

Girls on the Run Poconos, Sciota: $25,000.00

Harrisburg Area YMCA, Harrisburg: $15,000.00

Higher Achievement Program, Inc., Pittsburgh: $20,000.00

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

Joshua Group, Harrisburg: $30,000.00

Keystone College, La Plume: $15,000.00

Medard’s House, New Cumberland: $30,000.00

Mighty Writers, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Philadelphia: $15,000.00

Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading and Berks County, Inc., Reading: $30,000.00

Parkesburg POINT, Parkesburg: $20,000.00

Philabundance, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Philly Girls in Motion, Havertown: $15,000.00

Rainbow's End Youth Services, Mount Joy: $30,000.00

Sarah Heinz House Association, Pittsburgh: $30,000.00

Stone Garage, Inc., Kennett Square: $20,000.00

Students Run Philly Style, Philadelphia: $30,000.00

Sunrise of Philadelphia, Philadelphia: $15,000.00

The Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Chambersburg: $30,000.00

The Salvation Army, York: $15,000.00

University City Science Center, Philadelphia: $25,000.00

UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh: $15,900.00

Waypoint Youth and Community Center, West Newton: $15,000.00

Westside Community Center, West Chester: $15,000.00

YMCA of York and York County, York: $20,000.00

York County Library System, York: $30,000.00

Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Brandywine, West Chester: $15,000.00

Young Women’s Christian Association of York, York: $20,000.00

YouthPlaces, Inc., Pittsburgh: $15,000.00



Armed Services YMCA of the USA, Virginia Beach: $15,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, Virginia Beach: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Newport News: $30,000.00

C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E., Inc., Newport News: $15,000.00

ForKids, Inc., Norfolk: $20,000.00

Girls on the Run of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach: $20,000.00

Henrico Education Foundation, Henrico: $25,000.00

Special Olympics Virginia, Inc., Richmond: $20,000.00



Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County, Spokane: $30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, Bellevue: $20,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Seattle: $30,000.00

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

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, Bellingham: $20,000.00

Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle: $30,000.00

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Seattle: $20,000.00

City Year Seattle/King County, Seattle: $15,000.00

East African Community Services, Seattle: $15,000.00

Foundation for Edmonds School District, Lynnwood: $25,000.00

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County, Lynnwood: $29,000.00

Hand in Hand, Everett: $20,000.00

Outdoors for All Foundation, Seattle: $15,000.00

Page Ahead, Seattle: $15,000.00

Whatcom Family YMCA, Bellingham: $30,000.00



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Chris Savarese