June 11, 2014 – As part of its purpose to help people get, stay and live well, Walgreens is extending its exclusive* relationship with Vitamin Angels to help provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals. Through 2017, Walgreens and its vitamin brand partners will donate 1 percent of retail sales from vitamin purchases of participating brands.
Based on the success of Walgreens last campaign to support Vitamin Angels, which to date has raised $5.5 million and reached more than 21 million children, the non-profit organization plans to use the forthcoming funds to work with partners in 46 countries, including the U.S. and Canada, to help prevent nutrient deficiency by providing vitamins.
“We are proud to support Vitamin Angels in its journey to provide life-changing vitamins and minerals,” said Robert Tompkins, group vice president, health and wellness, at Walgreens. “The impact that Walgreens and its customers can make to help minimize ailments related to the lack of essential nutrients, will improve millions of peoples’ lives.”
“At Vitamin Angels, we believe that reaching children and other at risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals is critical to giving them the opportunity to survive, thrive and reach their full potential,” said Howard Schiffer, president and founder of Vitamin Angels. “We are thankful for the support from Walgreens, its vendor participants, and most of all, its customers for their commitment and contributions to our work.”
To learn more about the program or see a list of products and participating vendors, visit www.walgreens.com/vitaminangels.
*Exclusive among food, drugstore and mass merchandise retailers
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,216 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.
About Vitamin Angels
Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing micronutrients. In 2013, Vitamin Angels is working to reach 30 million children in nearly 50 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health. Vitamin Angels has received six consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator for Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. To learn more, visit www.vitaminangels.org.