CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation Announce $100K Donation In Support of Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts

CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have announced a $100,000 donation in cash and in-kind support to organizations providing relief efforts to flood victims in central Louisiana.

PRESS RELEASE

WOONSOCKET, R.I.

,

Aug. 18, 2016

/PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation today announced a

$100,000

donation in cash and in-kind support to organizations providing relief efforts to flood victims in central

Louisiana

, including the Salvation Army

USA

Southern Territory and the American Red Cross.

The CVS Health Foundation made a

$50,000

to the Salvation Army

USA

Southern Territory which reported that more than 11,000 people remained in shelters this week after flooding forced rescues and evacuations in southern

Louisiana

. They are providing meals, water, hygiene kits, clean-up kits and other much-needed items to help those who have been affected by the floods.

"We are deeply saddened by the devastating floods in

Louisiana

and the catastrophic effect it's having on our customers and colleagues in the community," said

Eileen Howard Boone

, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. "We're committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by the historic flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services and the support they need to recover and rebuild."

In addition, CVS Health is donating

$50,000

worth of products including infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter items to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief and the Office of

Baton Rouge

Mayor

Kip Holden

. These donated goods will be distributed to

Baton Rouge

locations that are supporting displaced residents and first responders and their families including

Bethany Church South

,

East Baton Rouge Parish

Emergency Medical Services, Care South and Southeast Community Health Systems. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund will also be providing support to colleagues who have been affected by the disaster.

As a result of the flooding, CVS Pharmacy is also deploying a mobile pharmacy in the parking lot of the

Denham Springs

location, which is currently closed due to water damage. Beginning

Saturday, August 20

, customers will be able to pick up their prescription medications at the mobile pharmacy as well as purchase a variety of over-the-counter medications. Nearby CVS Pharmacy store locations at 29881 Walker Road South in

Walker

, as well as 15255 George O'Neal Road and 11430 Florida Boulevard in

Baton Rouge

remain open and ready to serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the storms.

CVS Health has a longstanding commitment to

Louisiana

and a tradition of providing financial support and other services to communities nationwide affected by natural disasters and other tragedies. In May, CVS Pharmacy opened its New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward location, becoming the first major retailer to build in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina.

As the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health contributed more than

$80 million

in 2015 to communities around the country through the CVS Health Foundation, corporate grants, gifts in-kind, and employee volunteerism.