CAMP HILL, PA. (April 25, 2013) – The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $5,000 grant to Prevent Blindness Ohio. Prevent Blindness Ohio is Ohio's leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight, serving over 800,000 annually. The organization will use the grant to support its Vision Care Outreach Program, which provides vision screenings, care and eyeglasses to the under- and uninsured free of charge. The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded a $5,000 grant to Prevent Blindness Ohio in 2011.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is proud of its continued relationship with Prevent Blindness Ohio,” said Gayle Rife, Manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Prevent Blindness Ohio provides eye care services to more than 10,000 children and adults each year, through their Project Eye Care Program, and we’re glad to support them in their efforts.”

“The ultimate goal of the Vision Care Outreach Program is to reduce the incidence of unnecessary vision loss and impairment by providing access to a donated system of comprehensive vision care services for high-risk, medically indigent Ohioans–children, youth, families and homeless/uninsured adults,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.

“We are so grateful for The Rite Aid Foundation’s continued support, which will enable us to continue providing life-changing and in some cases, life-saving vision screenings for those in need statewide.”

Rite Aid operates 226 stores in Ohio.

The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July 2001, is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities Rite Aid serves. Since its inception, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $15 million to approximately 1,248 organizations in 629 communities.

For more information on The Rite Aid Foundation, visit www.riteaid.com.  

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at pbohio.org.

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