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1/1/2004
Harvest Feast Food Drive Collects Over 24 Tons of Food for Southeastern Food Banks
Harris Teeter thanks customers for donating over 48,198 pounds of food to their local food banks - just in time for the holidays
Charlotte, NC- Combating hunger in our community has been a top priority for Harris Teeter since we opened our doors. This year, we kicked off our Harvest Feast Food Drive October 12th with an event in Raleigh. We served a traditional Thanksgiving meal to 3,317 people. On November 28th, we fed 4,052 folks in need in the Charlotte area. During that time collection bins were in every Harris Teeter store and food banks throughout the Southeast were harvesting donations to fill their shelves.

"Over 24 tons of food collected from our stores speaks volumes about the generosity and kindness of our customers," says Harris Teeter President, Fred Morganthall. "We'd like to thank them on behalf of their local food banks. All the food donated will stay in their communities and help individuals and families in need throughout the holiday season," he adds.

Harris Teeter would also like to recognize our food bank partners in this year's Harvest Feast Food Drive. We know that these are the people on the front lines of hunger everyday working hard to help those in need.

Beverly Howard, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes in Charlotte, NC notes, "We are so grateful for the support and participation of Harris Teeter during the Harvest Feast. Thousands of our hungry clients will be better off this holiday season because of the generosity of our community." She adds, "When you get the influence of a community leader like Harris Teeter behind a cause, things can really happen! That is the true picture of generosity...giving of yourself and encouraging others to do the same."

"The Harris Teeter Harvest Feast Food Drive was community building at its best," says Jill Bullard, Executive Director of Raleigh's Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. "It allowed everyone in the community to participate in hunger relief. We collected over 19,600 pounds of food and grocery items, which were immediately delivered to people experiencing hunger and want. We couldn't have done it without Harris Teeter's commitment to our community and without the care and concern of the their customers who gave so generously," Bullard added.

"With manufacturing layoffs in our area continuing to impact many families, the need for canned staple food items is greater for our partner agencies," said Nan Griswold, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Greensboro. "With donations from the Harris Teeter Harvest Feast Food Drive, we'll be able to provide more food to help families get through these tough times."

There are many people who greatly benefited from the Harvest Feast Campaign. "Thank you, Harris Teeter for all that you do to eliminate hunger in the Metrolina area," says Kathy Helms, Acting Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, NC. "It takes all of us working and sharing together to help our neighbors whose resources are limited," Helms adds.

Susannah E. Shumate, Vice President of Development & Public Relations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee says, "We appreciate Harris Teeter's support in the fight against hunger. Harris Teeter's work will provide much-needed food for our Emergency Food Box program this winter."

"The Emergency Food Bank is very grateful for the significant boost provided by the Harris Teeter Harvest Feast. We would like to thank the Harris Teeter organization and the many shoppers who donated 400 pounds of food which is being distributed directly to hungry residents of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Community".

"One in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child."

Harris Teeter is working hard everyday to change that statistic. Harris Teeter understands that a grocery store nourishes a community in many ways. We want to be a part of the solution when it comes to ending hunger among children. Our Harvest Feast Food Drive will provide much needed nutrition for children and families throughout the Southeast.

Our food bank partners are: The Second Harvest Food Bank of NE Florida, America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Good Shepherd Ministries, MANNA Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Loaves & Fishes, Second Harvest of Southeast NC, Second Harvest of Northwest NC, Food Bank of North Carolina, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Lowcountry Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN, Capital Area Food Bank, Emergency Food Bank, Southwest VA Second Harvest Food Bank, Camp Grove Baptist Church, and Second Harvest of Southeast VA.