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MEDIA ALERT: Raleigh - Harris Teeter Helps Food Bank of NC Keep on Trucking

What: FOOD BANK KEEPS ON TRUCKING!Truck Convoy Tour to Mark National Hunger Awareness Day
Harris Teeter Donates $25,000 to the Food Bank of North Carolina
When: Thursday, June 5th
7:00 – 7:15am – Convoy Kick-off
Where: Food Bank of North Carolina, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh

The Food Bank of North Carolina joins America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief charity to sponsor "National Hunger Awareness Day". Through a scheduled "truck convoy", the Food Bank is working to urge North Carolinians to learn more about hunger based on the overarching theme: No child should miss a meal this summer.

The trucks will begin at the Food Bank's Raleigh warehouse, travel through Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Sanford, and end at the Food Bank's Sandhills warehouse in Southern Pines. There are scheduled stops throughout the day, where the public is urged to come out to donate food, tour the trucks, receive orange hunger awareness ribbons, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

As schools close for the summer, childhood hunger poses special challenges for the Food Bank. Food Bank partner agencies report "many more children" seeking emergency food assistance through the summer. Many kids who depend upon free and reduced price breakfast and lunches through their schools are left to turn elsewhere for assistance.

The goal of National Hunger Awareness Day is to rally our local community to once again prove its commitment and enthusiasm in protecting North Carolina's children, helping to stock the shelves of the Food Bank for a long, hot summer. Harris Teeter is proud to be a sponsor of the Food Bank of North Carolina and we are excited to announce a $25,000 donation to help fund Kids Café programs and other needs during the summer months.

Every year, the Food Bank's trucks drive enough miles to wrap around the earth 11 times. That's far enough to get all the way to the moon and part of the way back!

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.