Fruth Pharmacy to provide free vitamins to Cabell students
HUNTINGTON – Fruth Pharmacy’s president, Lynne Fruth, announced Wednesday that every Cabell County elementary student will be able to obtain free daily vitamins for the next 12 months.
The regional company launched the program last year in conjunction with Mason Vitamins, serving about 2,000 students in economically depressed areas in Ohio and West Virginia. It was so successful, Fruth said it was an easy decision to offer it to Cabell students.
Fruth, a former Putnam County teacher, said principals at all the elementary schools will be handing out laminated punch cards to students.
Parents can then take those cards to any of the Fruth locations at the beginning of the month and receive a bottle of children’s vitamins.
She said she learned of the program two years ago while attending a vitamin program at a Drug Store Association meeting.
“The free vitamin program represented a way for Fruth Pharmacy to have a positive impact on the health of local children,” she said.
William Smith, the superintendent for Cabell County Schools, said it is important to remind folks that a school system’s success is a testament to the support of the community and business partners.
“Education is not just teachers and schools; it’s the community,” Smith said. “We’re seeing a lot nationally where community groups are stepping in with things like the backpack programs on Friday and with getting kids moving.”
But he and Fruth both said something as simple as taking a daily vitamin might be considered a luxury for some families. And that appeared to be accurate when Fruth asked Guyandotte Elementary children how many do not take a daily vitamin and a bunch of hands went up in the air.
“Vitamins can be a luxury with kids in poverty,” Smith added. “But it should be a standard.”
There are about 6,000 Pre-K and elementary children in Cabell County, which will add to the other 14,000 kids in Ohio and West Virginia who will be able to take advantage of the program this school year.
There are Fruth Pharmacy locations in Cabell County and one in Proctorville, which are among the 27 locations throughout Ohio and West Virginia.
Those include 125 7th Ave., Huntington; 425 Camden Road, Huntington; 1419 U.S. 60, Huntington; 16 Perry Morris Square, Milton; and 259 State Street, Proctorville.
For more information, visit www.fruthpharmacy.com.
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