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SUPERVALU(R) Celebrates National Hunger Action Month with Nationwide Program of Hunger Relief Activities

Companywide efforts to benefit local food banks across country

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 9, 2009-- In honor of National Hunger Action Month, SUPERVALU INC.® (NYSE: SVU) and its nationwide family of stores, including Acme®, Albertsons®, bigg's®, Cub Foods®, Farm Fresh®, Hornbacher’s®, Jewel-Osco®, Lucky®, Shaw's/Star Market™, Shop 'n Save® and Shopper's Food & Pharmacy®, are conducting a coordinated program of hunger relief efforts in communities across the country. The activities include store-based fundraising, employee volunteer initiatives and food donations. All proceeds will be donated to food banks located in the communities where SUPERVALU employees live and work.

“SUPERVALU and our associates are proud to join in the effort to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in our country and to do our part to help provide assistance to those in need,” said Mary Vander Leest, SUPERVALU’s manager of community relations. “National Hunger Action Month provides a great opportunity for us to expand our continuing hunger relief activities and to really make a difference in the fight against hunger in our communities.”

Hunger relief is one of SUPERVALU’s designated areas of focus for its charitable giving and volunteer activities, along with health and nutrition and environmental stewardship. According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans struggles with hunger today.

During the month of September, SUPERVALU and its stores and supply chain services facilities are participating in a variety of activities. Some examples include:

  • Acme has partnered with the Philadelphia Inquirer on their 180,000 pounds in 180 days food drive campaign, collecting food at stores in the region for local hunger relief agencies. In addition, ACME corporate employees are participating in a food drive contest, pitting department against department to fill shelves with non-perishable items to be donated to the Chester County Food Bank.
  • Several of SUPERVALU’s retail banners participate in the Fresh Rescue Program, which captures fresh items such as meat, dairy and produce that have reached their “sell by” date but are still edible and safe, and donates them to local non-profit organizations. For Hunger Action Month, Albertsons has rolled out the Albertsons Fueling Fresh Rescue Grant Program, providing Fresh Rescue partner organizations grants for projects that address the goals of increasing the distribution of food to needy people, increasing access to food assistance, connecting people to additional services or public benefits to help alleviate food insecurity and improving organizational efficiency to deliver hunger relief services. Albertsons stores in the Intermountain West and Southern California divisions will be making donations to nearly 100 organizations throughout the regions that they serve, including 3.3 million pounds of food.
  • bigg’s will be donating proceeds from their Sixth Sense program to the Freestore Foodbank. The program encourages the use of reusable bags by giving six cents back to the customer and a wooden token worth six cents to be donated to a featured charity. Stores have designated the Freestore Foodbank as one of their featured charities.
  • Cub Foods stores are staging food drives in partnership with local community organizations, delivering all donations directly to local food shelves and ensuring those donations stay local. Some Cub stores are also hosting Salvation Army mobile units to collect donations including clothes and furniture in addition to non-perishable food.
  • Farm Fresh is supporting the 2nd Annual Tyson Student Food Drive and the Hunger Action Month Food Drive sponsored by WVEC TV 13 and Farm Fresh. During the Tyson Student Food Drive, collection bins will be placed in Farm Fresh stores and student groups will be invited to host events at Farm Fresh locations. The Hunger Action Month Food Drive is a 13 hour event held on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at all Farm Fresh locations. Community members are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to help their hungry neighbors in need.
  • In addition to a store-based fundraising campaign, Hornbacher’s associates are organizing various volunteer opportunities for employees at local agencies in their community.
  • Jewel-Osco is once again teaming up with FOX Chicago to help generate awareness and raise food and funds for food banks across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Throughout September, Jewel-Osco will collect cash and food donations at all of its stores as part of Feeding America’s “Give a Little, Feed a Lot” campaign, with a goal of raising enough donations to provide 2.5 million meals that will feed more than 220,000 needy families.
  • Shaw’s is working with food banks to expand its Fresh Rescue program in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Providing a reliable source of healthy products for the food banks allows them to fight some of the most devastating aspects of hunger, namely poor nutrition and poor eating habits.
  • Shop 'n Save is hosting a month-long fundraising campaign to raise money for the Central Illinois Food Bank and the St. Louis Area Food Bank.
  • SUPERVALU Supply Chain Services facilities are participating in a wide range of activities, including food drives, monetary donation opportunities for employees and a variety of employee volunteer events to benefit local hunger relief agencies.
  • Customers at SUPERVALU’s family of stores have the opportunity to purchase $1, $3, and $5 donation coupons at the checkout counter as part of the Food for All program. Funds collected will be donated to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks, ensuring that the customer’s contribution directly benefits their local community.

For more information about events in their area, customers should contact their local stores. Contact information can be found at www.supervalu.com by clicking on each retail banner logo.

About SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $42 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the United States with its approximately 2,500 retail grocery locations, including nearly 900 in-store pharmacies. Through the company’s nationwide supply chain network, SUPERVALU provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 2,500 independent retailers across the country. SUPERVALU has approximately 180,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU, visit www.supervalu.com.

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SUPERVALU INC.
Susie Bell, 952-828-4356
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