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ST. LOUIS -- September 26, 2003 -- Senator Jim Talent (R, Mo.) will meet with store and other Save-A-Lot employees on Monday, September 29, to discuss welfare reform and Save-A-Lot's leadership position in the nation's Welfare to Work initiative.

Senator Talent will also visit with Bill Moran, Save-A-Lot Chief Executive Officer and President, during an 11 a.m. tour of the company's newest St. Louis store, located on the North Side in the Martin Luther King Shopping Plaza, 3645 Page, 63113.

"We're very pleased to welcome Senator Jim Talent to Save-A-Lot and recognize his leadership and years of dedication to welfare reform," Moran said. "Save-A-Lot has made considerable strides through the Welfare to Work program, which owes its current existence to Senator Talent's work in the House of Representatives. It's a program that Save-A-Lot has embraced, resulting in the employment of more than 2,500 former welfare recipients.

"Save-A-Lot joins Senator Talent in his commitment to extending opportunities to neighborhoods in need. Because of his efforts that dedication remains a national priority. Efforts to develop and strengthen our workforce can only benefit from the continued emphasis Senator Talent places on it."

Senator Talent, sponsor of President Bush's welfare reform authorization bill, the Compassion and Personal Responsibility Act (S.5), campaigned for the United States Senate on a platform of health care, job creation, economic growth and national defense. He serves Missouri's interests on four key committees: The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and the Senate Aging Committee.

Save-A-Lot is the nation's leading edited assortment grocery chain with more than 1,050 stores nationwide. The company employs more than 9,000 people. Save-A-Lot is a subsidiary of SUPERVALU, Inc., a leading nation wholesaler and retailer.

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Dan Kimack