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Harris Teeter and Titan Farms Donate Over 26,500 pounds of Peaches to Local Food Bank Partner

Harris Teeter and Titan Farms Donate Over 26,500 pounds of Peaches to Local Food Bank Partner

Charlotte, N.C. – August 28, 2013 – Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms, donated approximately 26,500 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina today to help feed the hungry in the local community. This donation is part of the retailer’s participation in the “Peaches with A Purpose” program sponsored by peach grower Titan Farms.

Titan Farms, the largest peach grower on the east coast, created the Peaches with a Purpose program to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States.

Peaches at the food bankThe program spanned 4 weeks in July and August and encompassed 150 Harris Teeter stores in North and South Carolina.  For the total amount of peaches purchased during the campaign period, Harris Teeter in turn donated a percentage back to the food bank. The total donation is in excess of 53,000 pounds of peaches; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC in Winston-Salem and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte will each benefit from the program.

According to Feeding America’s most recent Map the Meal Gap report, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure and do not have consistent access to sufficient food to live an active healthy life. In the 19 counties served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, more than 463,000 people are living in poverty, including 170,000 children.

In addition to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s core food distribution program, which serves as the major source of donated food for a network of more than 550 emergency food assistance programs serving the region, the organization sponsors backpack programs, Kids Café programs, a senior box program, a mobile pantry program and the community food rescue program.
“On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children, seniors and families who struggle daily with hunger in our region, we want to thank Harris Teeter and their partner Titan Farms for their commitment to help end hunger,” said Kay Carter, executive director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “Produce is an item that those living in poverty can least afford but need as part of a healthy diet.  We are very grateful for this support.”
“We are excited to be the first retailer to participate in Peaches with a Purpose,” said Catherine Becker, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Fresh produce is scarce in food banks across the country, and we are happy to be able to contribute nutritious items to those in need.”

“We are thrilled to offer a program that will help our retail partners give back to their local communities,” said Chalmers Carr, president of Titan Farms. “We would love to make this an annual campaign that will get stronger each year.”

Harris Teeter and Titan Farms would like to offer a special thanks to Salem Produce, LLC for helping transport the donated product.

About Titan Farms
Based in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, Titan Farms is the premier grower, packer and shipper of over 2.4 million boxes of fresh peaches and vegetables annually. Titan recognizes the importance of sustainable agriculture practices, and uses them to benefit America’s consumers and to protect our country's precious natural resources.

The team at Titan Farms has an extraordinary commitment to providing only the safest, highest-quality produce for their customers.

Titan Farms brings modern farming and old fashion values together to put the highest-quality fruits and vegetables on your table.