Save-A-Lot Helps Feed Needy in Central Fla.

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Save-A-Lot Helps Feed Needy in Central Fla.

Save-A-Lot food stores said that last week it donated truckloads of groceries to two Florida-based anti-hunger agencies --Feeding America of Tampa Bay and Feeding America of Orlando.

St. Louis-based Save-A-Lot delivered via 18-wheeler 13,000 units of perishable and non-perishable food products, an estimated $10,000 worth to the two food banks. The grocer said each organization received 900 jars of peanut butter, 1,632 cans of corn, 2,016 cans of tuna, 960 units of spaghetti and meatballs, and 1,080 boxes of rice.

The food drop came almost a full month in advance of holiday food drives.

With 100 stores in Florida, the Supervalu-owned chain "is committed to help[ing] meet the needs of the communities it serves," said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot's president/c.e.o. "We have a strong, long-standing presence in Central Florida which positions us to help fight against a potential shortage for these food banks as they serve their communities.

"During these difficult economic times, Save-A-Lot, our associates, and our customers look forward to making a real difference through this...partnership," Shaner added.

Save-A-Lot operates nearly 1,200 limited assortment stores nationwide.