UPDATED: 1:45 p.m. 10/14/2010

This sounds like a joke, right, given the closest grocery store to Union Station is probably the Yes! Organic Market on Pennsylvania Avenue SE? The offer, however, appears legit. I have the corporate PR e-mail right here.

It seems Target is celebrating its newly redesigned stores, which now feature fresh produce and meats and baked goods, and as part of the launch, the chain is giving groceries away. You can pick up a free bag in front of the West Hall at Union Station, where a Target truck will be off-loading the goodies.

You can get your free groceries from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. For those driving in from the ‘burbs to exploit this promotion, the address is 50 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

If you go there, would you circle back and let us know what kind of groceries Target is giving away? I have to wonder if it’s not just processed foods from major companies that are also looking to promote themselves.

Update: A Target PR representative informed me this morning that the truck passed out 3,000 bags in about two hours this morning. There are apparently more supplies available now, but they won’t last long. Here’s the official word from Target:

“Target is still giving away groceries today “while supplies last.”  The truck will remain at Union Station today and tomorrow providing information about the newly designed stores. “