Grant Will Help Advance Program to support Backpack Buddies and Triple Play Healthy Lifestyle Program

Allentown, PA (October 15, 2019) – Boys & Girls Club of Allentown has been awarded a $15,000 KidCents Regional Grant to fund our Backpack Buddies and Triple Play Healthy Lifestyle Program.  These two programs work hand-in-hand to improve the health and well-being of children through healthy eating and active living activities. 

“There is such a great need in our community to provide healthy lifestyle and basic nutrition programs after school to assist our children.  That is why support from the Rite Aid Foundation is so vital to the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and our community.” – Deb Fries-Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, BGCA

Together, BGCA’s Backpack Buddies and Triple Play Healthy Lifestyle Program and our staff offer Club members the tools to achieve mind, body, and soul wellness.  Healthy eating, physical activity, and positive behavior builds good character and active participants in our community.

The KidCents Regional Grant 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.