Harris Teeter believes in giving back to the communities it serves. A major focus for the company is partnering with food agencies to eliminate hunger. Knowing that over 36 million people in the United States lived in poverty in 2006 instills a sense of urgency for the company. Harris Teeter reaches out to those struggling in many ways.
Harris Teeter began its annual Harvest Feast Food Drive in 2003. The food drive gives shoppers an opportunity to ensure food bank shelves are stocked during the holiday season. During its 2006 food drive, Harris Teeter and its shoppers donated over $128,000 in gift cards to its food bank partners. In addition, the company hosts three Harvest Feast dinners serving over 15,000 individuals a free Thanksgiving style meal last year.
Beginning October 15th, shoppers can purchase $5 and $20 Harvest Feast donation cards the next time they check-out of their local Harris Teeter store. At the conclusion of the Harvest Feast food drive, Harris Teeter will distribute gift cards to its food bank partners in the amount raised in their service area. Food bank partners will use the gift cards to purchase the items they need when they need it allowing them to better serve their clients. If a shopper prefers to purchase and donate non-perishable products, collection bins will be placed at the entrance of Harris Teeter store locations.
“Harris Teeter is committed to ending hunger in the communities it serves. Our shoppers have proven their generosity in the past. By giving them an opportunity to donate I know we will be able to make a difference this holiday season,” said Fred Morganthall, President of Harris Teeter.
All Harris Teeter stores will participate in the Harvest Feast Food Drive and the items donated will stay in their stores community, benefiting food banks all over the east coast. Please remember hunger does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, or sex. It affects the elderly, the unemployed, the disabled, the homeless, the working poor, victims of natural disaster and children.