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Peaches with a Purpose Program Brings Attention to Food Insecurity in Charlotte Region
Matthews, N.C. (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms, donated approximately 26,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina today to help feed the hungry in the local community. This donation was made possible thanks to Titan Farms second annual Peaches with A Purpose program.
Titan Farms, the largest peach grower on the east coast, created Peaches with a Purpose to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States. The program took place in August and included 144 Harris Teeter stores. For the total amount of peaches purchased during the campaign period, Harris Teeter and Titan Farms donated a percentage back to the food bank. The total donation is in excess of 58,000 pounds of peaches; the donation is being split between Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC in Winston-Salem and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 19 counties and provides food for almost 600 partner agencies including soup kitchens, emergency pantries, residential care facilities, homeless shelters, senior programs and low income daycares. In its fiscal year 2012-2013, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed over 45 million pounds of food and other essential grocery products.
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 want to thank Titan Farms for giving back to the local community and allowing us to be a part of that process, said Danna Jones, 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 so proud to offer a program that will help our retail partners give back to their local communities, said Chalmers Carr, president of Titan Farms. We look forward to growing and strengthening this annual campaign 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 Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Harris Teeter reported 2013 sales of $4.71 billion. The regional grocery chain employs approximately 26,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.
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 Americas 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.
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