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Harris Teeter's Nashville Neighbors Program Donates $50,000 in Cash Grants to Not-for-Profit Organizations
CHARLOTTE, NC, June 18, 2001 --- After its first year of operation, Harris Teeter's Nashville Neighbors Program has paid out $50,000 in cash grants to schools, religious and other non-profit organizations in the Nashville area.

Centennial High School Band Boosters in Franklin, TN, led the recipient organizations with almost $4,000 in contributions. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville was a close second with contributions of over $3,000. More than 3495 customers participated in Nashville Neighbors, and checks were distributed to 247 organizations. Schools, religious organizations and non-profits in Davidson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Wilson and Williamson Counties are eligible to participate in the Nashville Neighbors program.

The Nashville Neighbors program, launched in August 2000, generates grants to schools, religious and other non-profit organizations designated by Harris Teeter's VIC cardholders. Harris Teeter contributes 1% of customers' total purchases to the organizations.
"Nashville Neighbors is clearly an easy and personal way for our customers to become directly involved in helping their communities," said the program's administrator, Valerie McDougald. "What's most exciting about the program to us is how much our customers do care about their neighbors' quality of life."

Harris Teeter, Inc., with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is ranked as one of the top 50 largest supermarkets in the United States with 2000 sales of $2.3 billion. The grocery store chain employs about 15,500 people and has 163 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.