Rite Aid Becomes Copia’s First Retail Pharmacy Partner to Help Fight Food Waste and Support Communities

Surplus food from Rite Aid stores in California will be donated to local nonprofit organizations

PHILADELPHIA, March 12, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rite Aid (OTC: RADCQ) today announced its partnership with surplus food tracking and donation platform Copia, as it continues its efforts to reduce waste and make an impact significant impact on the California communities it serves. As the first retail pharmacy chain to partner with Copia, Rite Aid will donate groceries by leveraging Copia’s transparent surplus redistribution platform to easily track inventory, demonstrate compliance and record impact in real time. The platform will connect Rite Aid with local nonprofits focused on combatting food insecurity.

“The health and well-being of others is at the center of everything we do, and Copia empowers us to deliver on that promise in another deeply meaningful way,” said Joy Errico, senior vice president, director of Rite Aid Corporate Affairs and Communications. . “Together, we are ready to not only reduce waste, but also support those who need it most, exemplifying the care and compassion that define our company values.”

“Copia is excited to partner with Rite Aid to power our donation program. Food waste is a leading contributor to methane emissions from landfills, and by choosing to donate surplus, Rite Aid is reducing its impact on the planet,” said Kimberly Smith. , CEO of Copia. “Rite Aid donations support so many wonderful nonprofit organizations in the communities where they operate. We are happy to be the giving engine that allows national retailers like Rite Aid to expand their impact in a way that can be seen and felt at the local level.

Mindfully managing its carbon footprint, including reducing the amount of food that ends up in landfills, is a key part of Rite Aid’s corporate responsibility program. The company continues to explore new partnerships and opportunities to further its efforts in waste reduction, fleet efficiency and energy demand.

About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid is a full-service pharmacy committed to improving health outcomes. Rite Aid defines modern pharmacy by meeting customer needs with a wide range of convenient solutions, including retail and delivery pharmacies, as well as services offered through our wholly owned subsidiaries Health Dialog and Bartell Drugs. Health Dialog provides healthcare coaching and disease management services through online and telephone health services. Regional chain Bartell Drugs has been serving health and wellness needs in the Seattle area for more than 130 years. Rite Aid employs nearly 6,000 pharmacists and operates more than 1,700 retail pharmacies in 16 states. For more information, visit www.riteaid.com.

About Copy

Copia, a public benefit corporation (PBC), is the leading technology service for managing the redistribution of surplus food, enabling foodservice and retail businesses like hotels, grocery stores, caterers and restaurants to manage waste efficiently and easily distribute their food surpluses. National brands across the United States are working with Copia to reduce food insecurity in the communities where they operate every day, help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by diverting food from landfills, and increase their profitability through improved tax deductions. Visit www.gocopia.com or @gocopia on LinkedIn, X and Facebook.

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