In the last year and a half, The Hometown Pharmacy has distributed more than 45,000 bottles of vitamins to 6,000 local families. With the re-launch of the Healthy Kids Free Vitamin Program, the Hometown Pharmacy hopes to reach even more local families.
"We all know we are running around today going different directions, we miss meals. We catch things on the run. By providing a good multivitamin to the children it kind of fills in some of those gaps and allows children an opportunity, a better chance to have good health and if they have good health they are attending school," said Garry Mrozek the CEO of Hometown Pharmacy Solutions.
The Hometown Pharmacy's partnership with the United Way has been a key component to the program's success and a driving force behind the second round of the program.
"Our focus is really pre-K, but this takes children with the vitamins all the way up into 5th, 6th grade. So, we felt if they could start taking the vitamins it would get them off to a good habit, taking vitamins. Hopefully they will continue to take vitamins as adults," said Bob Hannon with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.
The program has grown to include 26 school districts. However, your child's school does not have to participate in order for them to receive free vitamins. Through the program, parents are invited to visit any Hometown Pharmacy location to receive a 1 month's supply of multi-vitamins for every child in the family ages 5 through 12.