As a locally owned hometown grocer, we work hard in every community where we operate to do a lot of good. Like, a lot a lot.
From supporting local charities to in-store fundraisers, product drives and events for customers, our stores are passionate about making a difference. Learn more about some of the programs our Retail Partners run to show their community love
Support for No Kid Hungry on Giving Tuesday (November 29)
Since 2021, Save A Lot has supported No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, on Giving Tuesday. This year, the company will make a $6 donation to the organization for each Bag for A Brighter Holiday sold on November 29, up to $30,000. Use our Store Finder to find a location near you and purchase a bag.
Bags for A Brighter Holiday
Each holiday season, customers can help make a difference by purchasing a pre-filled bag of groceries to be donated to a local charity selected by the store. As donations rise, so does the impact: Save A Lot makes additional charitable contributions based on the number of bags donated. In 2021, customers donated 345,000 pounds of food—and nearly $78,000—to more than 630 charities.
This year’s program runs from November 13 through December 24 in 656 locations nationwide. Each bag is stocked with private label and brand name food items, including pasta, stuffing mix, canned beans and other pantry staples from Save A Lot.
Local Events & Activations
Because our locations are locally owned and operated, every store has the flexibility to support the community where and how needed. Here are just a few examples of some of the projects and events our owners & operators are passionate about.
Louisville, KY. – Taylor Blvd. – Free Coat Exchange
Owners (and married couple) Jenny Kute & Craig Oeswein participate each November in the community’s Free Coat Exchange program, serving as a location for anyone to either donate (or take) a winter coat for the cold season ahead. More than 300 customers and residents drop by to participate annually.
Hazard, KY. – Race Day Fundraiser & Community Event
The 90 stores owned and operated by Houchens Industries each take a highly localized approach to support the community. The Save A Lot in Hazard, Ky., sponsors an annual Race Day, featuring a showcase of cars—from karts to classics to motorcycles—that has since evolved into a complete community event. The team’s 27th event in 2022 included a food drive during the event that collected more than 18,000 pounds of food that was donated to the Hospice Care Center of Hazard. The stores also hosted a cookout and benefit auction for some local residents battling illnesses and needing a helping hand, which raised more than $33,000.
Farmington, MO. – LIFE Center for Independent Living/Caroline’s Carts
Brad Juliette and Eddie Wakefield, owners of six stores across eastern Missouri, have a heart for engaging with special needs customers. In March 2022, they partnered with the LIFE Center for Independent Living in Farmington, Mo, to raise money to purchase several Caroline’s Carts to use in their stores in the area. These specially-retrofitted carts integrate wheelchair seating into a shopping cart, allowing parents and caregivers to push one cart with their child and groceries.
Hillside, N.J. – Breast Cancer Awareness
The Save A Lot in Hillside, N.J. has a long-standing partnership with the local health department, supporting the organization’s annual breast cancer awareness events. In October, owner Farhan Nasir sponsors the community’s annual “Pink Shuffle on the Hillside,” providing snacks and refreshments for walkers.
Alden, N.Y. – Meat Raffle Fundraiser for Local Fire Department
When the local fire department asked for help with a raffle and fundraiser, Dave McHenry, owner and operator of the Save A Lot in Alden, N.Y., stepped up to support. McHenry provided product for the department’s “Old Fashion Meat Raffle” – donating hams, turkeys, steaks and other meat items as raffle items (along with some Save A Lot Gift Cards) to help the department raise more than $3,000.
Denver, CO. – Clinica Tepeyac
Leevers Supermarkets, which owns and operates 14 stores around Denver (and another 15 in the Philadelphia area) maintains a long-standing partnership with Clinica Tepeyac, a Denver-area organization created to inspire lifelong health, wellbeing and humanity in the Hispanic community. In addition to an annual $25,000 donation, Leevers stores offer in-store fundraising opportunities for the clinic, where customers can add to their grocery total in store or donate at home using a QR code. Recently the group also launched a pilot in select stores where clinic patients receive $1 vouchers for milk or water to redeem in store.
Denver-area stores also support the annual Univision-broadcast telethon for the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA, which provides care to children with neurological, muscular and skeletal disabilities. In addition to an in-store fundraiser that raised more than $16,000 in 2021, Leevers also contributes an additional $25,000 to the cause annually.