Harris Teeter Raises Over $210,000 During Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign
Harris Teeter also feeds tens of thousands in need during Harvest Feast dinner events
Charlotte, NC – Thanks to the generosity of our customers, Harris Teeter raised $210,000 during its 2009 Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign. Launched to bring attention to the problem of hunger, the money raised will stay in the market in which it was donated; Harris Teeter will distribute gift cards to its 22 food bank partners in the amount raised in their service area.
According to Kay Carter, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, "On behalf of the 370,000 people in our region living in poverty, I would like to thank Harris Teeter for their continued sponsorship of the event. Because of their generosity, thousands of people in need in our region will have a brighter holiday season.”
Beginning October 28th, donation bins were placed at the entrance of all 194 Harris Teeter stores to collect non-perishable food items; shoppers also had the opportunity to purchase a $5 or $20 donation card at check-out. The drive ended on December 1, 2009 and, thanks to our generous customers, the campaign raised $8,000 more than the previous year.
“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.
As part of the Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign, Harris Teeter also hosted a Harvest Feast dinner event in Charlotte, Raleigh and Washington, D.C. With the help of vendors and community partners, Harris Teeter fed 6,129 community members a FREE holiday meal in Charlotte, 3,885 community members in Raleigh and over 15,000 individuals at Fed-Ex Field during the Harris Teeter/Redskins event. Any food remaining after the events was donated to our partner food agency in the area and distributed to emergency soup kitchens and shelters.
Harris Teeter would like to extend a special thanks to the following organizations for assistance: Charlotte Convention Center; Charlotte Area Transit System; LYNX; WBTV; WRFX 99.7; City of Raleigh; Raleigh Convention Center; Centerplate; Capital Area Transit; Chapel Hill Transit; Durham Area Transit Authority; United Way of the Greater Triangle; Inter-Faith Food Shuttle; WRAL; Mix 101.5; and WILM.