Harris Teeter, “Inside Wolfpack Sports” Host Don Shea to Assemble 2,000 Harvest Feast Thanksgiving Bags for Members of Local Community

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2,000 families-in-need to receive complete holiday dinner courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Through this effort by Harris Teeter, 8,000 meals are provided to families in our community this holiday season.

What:    Harris Teeter and “Inside Wolfpack Sports” host Don Shea to assemble 2,000 Harvest Feast Thanksgiving bags for members of local community.

2,000 families in need to receive complete holiday dinner Courtesy of Harris Teeter.

Date:        Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Time:    10 a.m. – Press Conference and Bag Assembly

Where:    Food Bank Central & Eastern North Carolina
        3808 Tarheel Drive
        Raleigh, N.C. 27609

Interviews are available. Live shots are welcomed!

Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, “Inside Wolfpack Sports” host Don Shea will arrive at Food Bank Central & Eastern North Carolina to greet a Harris Teeter tractor trailer filled with product needed for a traditional holiday feast. Harris Teeter is donating enough food and fixins for Shea and Harris Teeter associates to assemble 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags with ham.

Shea is very involved with charities around the community, and by lending his support to Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina he hopes to raise additional awareness for the fight against hunger and the organization’s BackPack program intended to meet the nutritional needs of children during non-school hours.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Harris Teeter’s Harvest Feast Bag Assembly at the Food Bank,” said Shea. “It’s so important to make sure people have a hearty meal on the table, especially this time of year.”

Each Thanksgiving bag will feed a family of four and will contain cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, a 2L Coca-Cola, pie, rolls and ham.

The food bank will identify and distribute the 2,000 Thanksgiving bags to emergency pantries throughout its 34-county region before Thanksgiving. The food bank has provided food for people at risk of for over 30 years and serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington, N.C.

“At a time when one in seven of the individuals in our 34-county service area are in need of some type of assistance to put food on their table not only during the holidays, but year round, we are grateful for the continued support of our longtime friends at Harris Teeter," said Peter Werbicki, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. "Through this effort by Harris Teeter, 8,000 meals are provided to families in our community this holiday season.”

Harris Teeter would like to thank Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for distributing the Thanksgiving dinner bags as well as its generous vendors who made this donation possible: Heineken USA, Treasury Wine Estates, New York Packaging, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Ocean Spray, Del Monte, Bruce Foods, Mt. Olive, General Mills, Idahoan Foods, Jessie Lord Bakery, Kings Hawaiian, Kraft Foods, Cargill and Mrs. T's® Pierogies.

About Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK), a Fortune 500 company. Harris Teeter is the 24th largest supermarket in the U.S. with 2010 sales of $4.1 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 24,000 associates and has 206 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.


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