Kmart offering pharmacy customers free folic acid

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Kmart is offering its pharmacy customers a free one-month supply of folic acid in line with its support of the March of Dimes.

From Mar. 28 through May 1, customers can fill their folic acid prescription for free at their local Kmart in 0.4-mg, 0.8-mg, and 1-mg strengths. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord when taken before getting pregnant and during early pregnancy.

In its 27th year, as March of Dimes longest standing corporate sponsor, Kmart also will support the program through in-store donations and support of local March of Dimes walks. Kmart's associate-driven, customer-supported in-store fundraising campaign, along with individual associate fundraising helped to raise $8.3 million in 2009.

"Kmart has made children our number one cause and we are committed to helping educate women about healthy pregnancies," said Bruce Johnson, interim CEO and president for Sears Holdings. "Many employees and customers in our Kmart family have personally dealt with birth defects, premature births and infant mortality, so it is important for us to do our part to help make a difference in the lives of families across the country."