Save-A-Lot grocery stores in Tacoma and Port Orchard plan on giving away a dinner’s worth of food to customers Saturday.
"At its core, Save-A-Lot Food Stores is committed to helping families, and today that includes surviving this economic crisis," said Mark Colbo, regional director of Save-A-Lot Food Stores.
The company is calling the event Fuel Your Family for Free. The stores will provide the necessary ingredients for a spaghetti dinner: one box of noodles, one jar of pasta sauce, two cans of vegetables and a package of bread sticks all in a reusable bag.
Save-A-Lot has enough meals for 4,000 families at each of its locations. The company is encouraging people to print out vouchers for the meals from its Web site and bring them to the store Saturday.
The event runs from 8 a.m. until noon.
People will be served on a first-come, first serve basis, according to a news release from the company. Customers will need to visit various stations inside the stores to pick up the ingredients for the meal.
The company plans on making a matching donation to local food banks through Food Life Line, Washington’s largest hunger relief agency.
Save-A-Lot bills itself as an extreme value grocery chain. The company operates two stores in Tacoma – one at 1105 Martin Luther King Jr. Way and another at 9820 Pacific Ave. There’s also a Save-A-Lot store in Port Orchard at 1730 SE Mile Hill Road.
The free meal deal is happening at its nine Northwest locations, which includes four stores in Washington and five in Oregon. Save-A-Lot operates 1,150 stores in 39 states.
Free food give-a-aways have attracted a lot of attention recently. Millions of people showed up at Denny’s locations around the country last month for a free Grand Slam breakfast.