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Harris Teeter's Together In Education Program Donates Almost $2 Million in Cash Grants to Schools
CHARLOTTE, NC, June 18, 2001 --- After three years of operation, Harris Teeter's Together In Education (TIE) Program has paid out almost $2 million in cash grants to schools in the Company's six-state marketing area.

In the 2000-2001 school year, TIE generated $625,492 in cash grants. Schools in Charlotte received more than $128,400, while Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC, led all schools with $9,090.76. More than 115,000 customers participated in TIE, and checks were distributed to 2,666 schools.

The TIE program, launched in August 1998, generates grants to schools designated by Harris Teeter's VIC cardholders. Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of customers' purchases of its private label items to the schools. Last year, TIE paid out $545,110 to 2,281 schools.
"TIE is clearly an easy and personal way for our customers to become directly involved in improving education," said the program's administrator, Valerie McDougald. "What's most exciting about the program to us is that it's growing each year, which shows how much our customers do care about the quality of education in their communities."
The program starts up again on August 1, 2001.

Harris Teeter private label products involved in TIE include Harris Teeter, H.T. Traders, Hunter Farms, Premier Selection and More Value.

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