Youngstown-based Hometown Pharmacy and the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley held a joint press conference today at Market Street Elementary School to discuss the success and continuation of the Healthy Kids Free Vitamin Program. Hometown Pharmacy launched its free vitamin program in March 2011 in an effort to provide free multivitamins to children between the ages of five and 12. The two-year program has grown to include 26 school districts and has distributed more than 45,000 bottles of vitamins to more than 6,000 families.
Hometown Pharmacy CEO Garry Mrozek said he is thrilled with the program's success thus far. "Our goal now is to capitalize on the momentum and continue to spread the message to parents and schools within the community who haven't heard about the program," he stated.
He also explained that Hometown's partnership with United Way has been a key to the program's success. "Partnering with them has been instrumental in helping to further the message about proper nutrition and early start to a healthy lifestyle, and we are excited to see it continue." Mrozek added.
United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley Executive Director Bob Hannon is pleased with the program's progress. "The goal of our 'Success by 6' program has always been to provide a boost to young children entering elementary school. The success and continuation of the Healthy Kids program will help in that mission."
Through the program, a parent or guardian can visit one of Hometown's locations, provide basic information, and receive a one-month supply of multivitamins for every child in the family. Each participant is given a punch card to track their monthly vitamin pick-up. A child's school does not need to be a participant in order to receive the free vitamins.