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MEDIA ALERT: Greensboro/Winston-Salem - Harris Teeter Honored in Community Rally for National Hunger Awareness Day

Childhood hunger is an unseen epidemic in our nation. And it grows even more acute in the summer when literally millions of children don't have access to free and reduced lunch programs available during the school year. On Thursday June 5, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and other area hunger-relief organizations will join America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief charity, to sponsor "National Hunger Awareness Day." A Community Rally will urge citizens of Winston-Salem and across northwest North Carolina to learn more about hunger and be a part of "Turning the Tables on Childhood Hunger" by supporting area hunger-relief organizations through volunteering, donating funds and foods and writing legislators.

WHAT: A Community Rally to "Turn the Tables on Childhood Hunger" will be held as part of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC's Second Annual Agency Conference. It is FREE and open to the public.

The Mayor Allen Joines has declared June 5th as "National Hunger Awareness Day" in Winston-Salem. Harris Teeter will present a $25,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. There will be a presentation of "Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Humanitarian of the Year" Award and Exemplary Service Awards.

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 2003 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Winston-Square Park on Marshall Street (Adjacent to the Sawtooth Building)

Dr. Charlie L. Kennedy, a practicing pediatrician working primarily with underserved populations in Winston-Salem since 1967, will serve as keynote speaker for the Rally. He will address the hard realities of hunger in our community and its consequences for our children and our nation. Dr. Kennedy is well-known for his commitment to youth, and was recently honored with the United Negro College Fund Presidents Award for raising and donating more than $2 million for the Fund.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina collects and distributes food and grocery products to more than 600 partner agencies programs that annually feed more than 100,000 people in need in 18 counties (Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin). Since opening in 1982, the Food Bank has distributed nearly 60 million pounds of food and grocery products. The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC receives donations from national donors through America's Second Harvest, the national network of food banks and food rescue organizations; local food manufacturers and distributors; local grocery stores, caterers and restaurants; USDA commodity programs; a State Nutrition Assistance Program grant, and community food drives. It is a member of America's Second Harvest and the United Way of Forsyth County.

Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick
Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 39th largest supermarket in the United States with 2002 sales of $2.35 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 14,000 associates and has 143 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.