Harris Teeter, Carolina Panthers Linebacker Jon Beason to Assemble 2,000 Harvest Feast Thanksgiving Bags for Local Community Members

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

It is important for families to have dinners together to make a difference in the lives of their children.

What:    Harris Teeter, Carolina Panthers Linebacker Jon Beason to Assemble 2,000 Harvest Feast Thanksgiving bags for local community members

Date:    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Time:    1 p.m. – Press Conference
        1:30 p.m. – Bag Assembly

Where:    Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
        500B Spratt Street
            Charlotte, N.C. 28206

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason will arrive at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to greet a Harris Teeter tractor trailer filled with essential products for a traditional holiday feast. Harris Teeter is donating enough food and fixins for Beason and Harris Teeter associates to assemble 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags complete with ham.

After the bag assembly, Beason and Harris Teeter associates will also make a stop at the Boys & Girls Club Marsh Road to personally distribute dinner bags to children and their families who face the risk of going hungry.

“It is important for families to have dinners together to make a difference in the lives of their children,” said Beason. “I’ve enjoyed holiday meals with my family for many years and am proud to be a part of a team that is not only helping fight hunger in the community but also making it easier for thousands of families to enjoy a holiday tradition.”

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.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina will identify and distribute the 2,000 Thanksgiving bags to emergency pantries throughout its 19-county region before Thanksgiving. Unemployment rates have climbed into double digits in several counties served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and emergency pantries and soup kitchens are reporting 30 - 40 percent increases in requests for assistance over this time last year.

“This is another great example of the many ways in which Harris Teeter provides for those in need in our community,” said Kay Carter, executive director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “As one of our largest donors, they have helped us feed tens of thousands of hungry people.”

Harris Teeter would like to thank Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 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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