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2/16/2010
Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone Partner to Help Cary Resident Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Companies will donate a Canine Assistants service dog to the community member


Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone Partner to Help Cary Resident Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Companies will donate a Canine Assistants service dog to the community member

Charlotte, NC – Since 1999, Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone have partnered to donate service dogs to either police departments or residents in need in Harris Teeter’s marketing areas.  Today, Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone are teaming-up to donate a Canine Assistants service dog to Cary resident Kevin Shaefer.  Kevin is a high school student diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA); later this year he will receive a service dog selected and trained to meet his specific needs from the Canine Assistants training camp.

Canine Assistants is an organization that trains dogs to assist people with physical disabilities and special needs. The dogs are trained to retrieve dropped objects, open doors, turn lights off and on, and obtain help in case of an emergency.  Each dog, including care and training, requires a $20,000 investment. 

“Our service dogs not only provide constant companionship, but help people with disabilities become more independent, at no cost to the recipient,” said Frances Rosemeyer of Canine Assistants. “We cannot thank Harris Teeter and Milk-Bone enough for their support and commitment to helping others.”

“Working with Milk-Bone, Harris Teeter is pleased to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in Kevin’s life by providing him with a service dog,” said Catherine Reuhl, communications specialist for Harris Teeter.  “Our company strives to be a good corporate citizen by both operating at the highest standards to better serve our customers and by getting involved in its local communities.  Canine Assistants is a wonderful program of which we are glad to be a part”
 
The Canine Assistants program has an ongoing waiting list of hopeful recipients and depends on individual and corporate funding to help provide service dogs for those in need. Through Milk-Bone’s “I-Give” program, an initiative that supports Canine Assistants, anyone can help by visiting www.milk-bone.com and donating to Canine Assistants.

“Milk-Bone and Harris Teeter are taking the first step toward eliminating the waiting list for Canine Assistants,” said Mark Berlacher of Milk-Bone. “Working together, we can make a difference one dog and one training program at a time.”

About Canine Assistants
Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization founded in 1991, trains dogs to assist children and adults with physical disabilities and/or other special needs. Canine Assistants dogs are Golden Retrievers or Labradors that are raised at their facilities. For additional information on the Canine Assistants program or how to apply, see their website at www.canineassistants.com.

About Milk-Bone
Since 1908, when the first Milk-Bone Original Dog Biscuit was sold, Milk-Bone has made high-quality dog snacks that excite dogs and their Pet Parents! Milk-Bone is a leading and trusted dog snack brand and markets a complete line of dog biscuits, chewy treats and crunchy treats. Today, dogs wag their tails for Milk-Bone Original Biscuits, Milk-Bone Chewy Treats, Milk-Bone Bakery Bites Cookies for Dogs, Milk-Bone Mar-O Snacks crunchy treats, and Milk-Bone Original Dog Treats. For more information about Milk-Bone, visit www.milk-bone.com. Milk-Bone is a trademark of Del Monte Foods.

About Del Monte Foods
Del Monte Foods is one of the country's largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium-quality, branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $3.6 billion in net sales in fiscal 2009. With a powerful portfolio of brands, including Del Monte, S&W, Contadina, College Inn, Meow Mix, Kibbles 'n Bits, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Meaty Bone, Snausages and Pounce, Del Monte products are found in eight out of 10 U.S. households. The company also produces, distributes and markets private-label food and pet products. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE: DLM) visit the Company's website at www.delmonte.com.