Walgreens Announces Campaign to Support Life Saving Donations of Vitamin A


Walgreens Announces Campaign to Support Life Saving Donations of Vitamin A

Vitamin Angels to receive donation from Walgreens and participating vendors; Customers can support the cause by purchasing select vitamin products through October

DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aligned with Walgreens (NYS: WAG) (NAS: WAG) Way to Well Commitment®, a four-year, $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of people by providing resources that help prevent and detect diseases, the company today announced a program that contributes to providing life-saving vitamin A to more than 10 million children across the globe at risk of experiencing a deficiency of essential nutrients.

Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk populations in need gain access to lifesaving micronutrients, will receive a $3.5 million donation from Walgreens and its participating vendors. Customers also can make a difference and reach a child at risk by purchasing select health and wellness supplements at Walgreens. In addition to the $3.5 million, Walgreens will donate a portion, 25 cents, of each select purchase to Vitamin Angels, which will provide one child with a year's supply of vitamin A. Approximately 350 items from more than 20 participating vendors are eligible for the program, including Walgreens brand, Finest Nutrition. Select products from the following brands are also eligible: Centrum, Finest Nutrition, Renew Life, Nature's Bounty, Swisse and Nature Made.

"Walgreens mission is to help people get, stay and live well, and we are proud to support the Vitamin Angels' cause," said Robert Tompkins, group vice president and general merchandise manager, Health and Wellness, at Walgreens. "Through this program, our customers can make a difference in so many lives by simply continuing to fulfill their health and wellness needs at Walgreens."

"Vitamin Angels is built on the belief that providing availability, access and use of micronutrients gives children and other at risk populations a fighting chance to achieve a healthy and successful life," said Howard Schiffer, president and founder of Vitamin Angels. "We are thankful for the support from Walgreens, vendor participants and most of all, its customers for the commitment and contributions to the cause."

To learn more about the program or see a list of products and participating vendors, click here. To watch a video about Vitamin Angels, click here.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 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 8,105 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, medical practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 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.

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