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A new Save-A-Lot store in Aurora, Colo., is cooking up a way to help alleviate the economic pressure on area residents by providing all the ingredients for a home-cooked spaghetti dinner free through Dec. 15.
The effort, which will be conducted at Save-A-Lot’s new store at 15220 E. 6th St. in Aurora, Colo., is inviting 5,000 residents via mailed meal vouchers to visit the new location to obtain all the ingredients necessary to prepare a home-cooked spaghetti dinner. In addition, Save-A-Lot will make a matching 5,000 meal contribution to local Aurora community partners.
“At its core, Save-A-Lot food stores is committed to helping families, and today that includes surviving this economic crisis,” said storeowner John Leevers of Leevers Supermarkets, Inc. “With this free spaghetti meal giveaway, we hope to acknowledge residents’ struggles, and also want to call attention to the fact that this is a group effort; we are only a piece of the overall solution. Save-A-Lot believes we have the recipe for thriving in today’s economy.”
In addition to the 5,000 mailed vouchers, Leevers’ new Save-A-Lot — which employs 50 associates and will be open seven days a week and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. — will also be handing out free spaghetti dinners to the first 500 customers on Dec. 5 as part of the grand opening celebration. Leevers and his team will then distribute 5,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies, the Salvation Army, the Arapahoe County Social Services and other community partners surrounding the store.
There’s no purchase necessary to redeem the meal voucher, which will include:
1 jar of Pastapali pasta sauce
1 box of Del Pino’s Spaghetti noodles
2 cans of Wylwood vegetables (of customers’ choosing)
1 package of Grissom’s Brown & Serve Garlic Bread Sticks
Leevers founder Norm Leevers, an English immigrant, entered the grocery business in 1938 in Devils Lake, N.D. He was joined by his son Jack in the mid-1960s, and the company is currently run by third-generation brothers John and Chris Leevers. The Parker, Colo.-based company now employs 300 people across seven stores.