ST. LOUIS -- September 29, 2004 -- Save-A-Lot, the nation's leading limited assortment, extreme value grocery chain with 1,250 stores, will partner with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger to host a free food stamp eligibility screening fair on Saturday, October 9 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at its store located at 56th and Lancaster. Anyone visiting the store can be pre-screened by trained Coalition volunteers.
Save-A-Lot, which operates more than a dozen stores in Philadelphia, believes the outreach program's importance is underscored by the fact that thousands of Philadelphians - including individuals or heads of households who are employed - are eligible for food stamps but are not aware they qualify for the program. As of April 2004, the Coalition screened 6,864 low-income Philadelphians of whom 5,113 (74%) appear eligible for nutritional benefits. Among those were 1,655 (32%) working adults.
"For many lower income families high utility costs, limited health care benefits and the lack of affordable housing make it difficult to meet basic food and nutritional needs," said Dan Kimack, Manager of Corporate Communications. "We want to help ensure that individuals and families in need of assistance can be pre-qualified and begin receiving available aid in acquiring healthy, nutritional foods."
Save-A-Lot serves many communities, including those in urban cores, rural markets and suburban areas. The company's extreme value model delivers savings up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores on farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, USDA-inspected beef pork and poultry, dairy products, frozen foods, and a variety of everyday groceries.
Among its key philanthropic efforts, Save-A-Lot works inside the communities it serves to help fight hunger and to improve children's welfare.
Along with its partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Save-A-Lot is committed to providing good jobs and one in every four Save-A-Lot employees in Philadelphia has been hired from public assistance. The company's hiring and training initiatives have been recognized as best practices nationally.
Save-A-Lot is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU Inc., a leading wholesaler and retailer. A Fortune 100 company, SUPERVALU is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SVU.
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