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Girls on the Run of Central NJ Partners with Rite Aid to Impact Lives of Local Girls

Hillsborough, NJ., December 23, 2020 - -  As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates community-level health challenges, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations, The Rite Aid Foundation is partnering with Girls on the Run International to support the health and wellness of girls today and into the future.


As part of this commitment, Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey is honored to receive a grant of $15,000 from The Rite Aid Foundation to ensure continued programs and impact during the pandemic, as well as enhance its missions and efforts to serve diverse communities over the coming years. Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey, a nonprofit organization, serves 3rd – 8th grade girls, providing a sense of belonging, opportunities for building friendships and programs that improve their overall health and wellness.


Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey offers programming at more than 117 sites across Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties and has transformed the lives of over 2,200 girls throughout its 20-year history.


"Now more than ever, during a generation-defining pandemic, the health and wellness of our communities stands at the forefront," said Matthew DeCamara, executive director of The Rite Aid Foundation. "We're humbled to support Girls on the Run as it adapts and develops new and innovative ways to impact the lives of girls. This organization embodies the Foundation's commitment to impacting children's lives by building self-esteem, independence and resilience, and letting all children know what it means to be a kid. Working together, we can emerge stronger from this crisis."


Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey will utilize the grant to ensure that its evidence-based programming can continue through the pandemic while advancing its commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) programs.


"Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey is thrilled to receive this funding from The Rite Aid Foundation, which will allow our organization to provide access to our transformational programming to more girls over the next year," said Donna York, council director. "The Girls on the Run lessons build resilience, confidence, empathy and self-awareness in girls through physical activity – all skills and abilities necessary to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant will ensure that girls across our serving area will have the opportunity to develop these critical life skills while also building connection and friendships with others."


For more information on how to register as a participant or volunteer with Girls on the Run, please visit


About Girls on the Run International
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that is designed to enhance girls' social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program's evidence-based curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. An independent study found that 97% of participants learned critical life skills including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others or making intentional decisions at Girls on the Run that they continue to use at home, at school and with their friends. Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization with councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, has served over 2 million girls since its inception in 1996.


About The Rite Aid Foundation

The Rite Aid Foundation, the philanthropic organization of a leading healthcare company and trusted neighborhood pharmacy, drives leadership and progress that impacts the health and wellness of everyone in our communities. Working with a network of nearly 500 nonprofit organizations, the Foundation has a special focus on underserved and disadvantaged populations and locations, advancing racial equity and serving as a catalyst for positive change.


About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering healthcare services and retail products to more than 1.6 million Americans daily. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health products and services for the entire family through over 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 18 states. Through Elixir, we provide pharmacy benefits and services to approximately 4 million members nationwide. For more information,

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