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Who:  United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Save-A-Lot Food Stores & St. Bernard Project.

What: A House Dedication for Charlene Buckner and a Partnership Announcement between Save-A-Lot and United Way;

When: Thursday, November 8th  2:30pm-3:30pm

Where: 2304 Stander Place Chalmette, LA

Why:  Save-A-Lot Food Stores and United Way are working to rebuild the homes of families in the greater New Orleans area, including that of Charlene Buckner, with the help of St. Bernard Project. On November 8th, local Save-A-Lot leadership and managers will hold a house dedication for Ms. Buckner and stock her pantry.

Prior to Katrina, Charlene, a culinary student  with the ambitions of becoming a professional chef,  lived with her 11-year old daughter, Asia, and her mother in Chalmette where she had spent most of her life. The day after Hurricane Katrina hit, Charlene and her family found themselves wading through chest-high water to get to the Convention Center to be evacuated. They waited there for five days before they were taken to Texas. The family moved around the country for the better part of a year before coming home to New Orleans, where they squeezed eight family members into one apartment. When Road Home and insurance money came in, Charlene hired contractors to repair her home. After weeks of misdirection and lies about materials being on back order, the contractors disappeared, taking all of Charlene’s money with them. Charlene has not given up, though. She found work at Lil’ Dizzy’s Café and works long hours there to support her family. 

“I’ve lived here all my life,” says Charlene. “I’ve been all over the United States, but I’ve never liked anywhere as much as New Orleans.”

Hundreds of families are still living in temporary apartments and other housing alternatives, longing to come home. United Way’s NO Place Like Home rebuilding initiative connects sponsors, such as Save-A-Lot, with families and rebuild agencies to help return families to their homes.

”Save-A-Lot’s long history of being a neighborhood grocery store starts with our commitment to the communities we serve,” says Santiago Roces, President and CEO of Save-A-Lot food stores.  “As a proud supporter of United Way’s NO Place Like Home Project, we look forward to welcoming Charlene and her family back home as they finally bring closure to such a traumatic ordeal.”  

“This is an example of a great partnership.  It truly demonstrates how the community can unite for a great cause.” stated Michael Williamson, Executive Vice President and COO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

About Save-A-Lot Food Stores

Save-A-Lot, a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU), is one of the nation’s leading hard-discount, carefully selected assortment grocery chains, operating more than 1,300 stores in 39 states from Maine to California. Serving more than 5 million shoppers each week, Save-A-Lot offers savings of up to 40 percent on groceries when compared to conventional stores. Customers enjoy savings on exclusive Save-A-Lot brands and national brands, plus fresh meat and farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy, along with the most popular grocery and household items. Save-A-Lot helps its customers live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a smart, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people every day. For more information on Save-A-Lot or to locate a store, please visit

About United Way of Southeast Louisisana 

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is advancing the common good. By partnering with donors, employers, nonprofits, faith groups and government, United Way brings a coordinated approach to solving community problems in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. For more information, please call 504.822.5540 or visit You can find us at or follow us on twitter: @UnitedWaySELA.

About St. Bernard Project

 SBP is an innovative, award-winning nonprofit organization that removes physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable individuals and families struggling to recover from natural disasters, while also serving as a model for disaster rebuilding and affordable housing.  For more information, please visit