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COVID-19 Response

Standing with the frontlines



As COVID-19 disrupted life across the nation, The Rite Aid Foundation responded with an initial $5 million philanthropic package to support the nation's healthcare providers and first responders; to support children, families and communities impacted by the outbreak; to address geographic pandemic hotspots; and to support Rite Aid's own associates as they continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation supported organizations providing vital community resources, including emergency grants for first responders and healthcare providers, nurses’ needs on the frontlines, increasing laboratory capacity, assistance for the most vulnerable populations and a national hunger relief effort during this national emergency, and more critical needs.

Initial funding partners included:

  • The CDC Foundation
  • The American Nurses Foundation
  • The First Responders Children’s Foundation
  •  Feeding America
  • The Boys & Girls Club of America
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • The Rite Aid Foundation Associate Relief Fund
  •  Regional funds and community foundations in pandemic hotspots, including New York City, New Jersey, Seattle, Detroit and Los Angeles.



Through the partnership, supported organizations provided mental health services, lodging, and sanitizing and personal protective equipment to healthcare providers on the front lines, as well as emergency childcare services, virtual programming for children, and fresh and healthy food, among other services and products. 

“Thank you to The Rite Aid Foundation for standing alongside the nurses, doctors, clinicians, administrative and operational teams, environmental services staff, security personnel and all of the others who are dedicated to providing a strong response.”


- Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Long Island, New York