Harris Teeter, Titan Farms Donate Over 32,000 pounds of Peaches to Second Harvest

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Peaches with a Purpose Brings Attention to Food Insecurity in Northwest North Carolina

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We’re grateful to [Harris Teeter and Titan Farms] for their on-going support and especially pleased to mark National Hunger Action Day ...

Harris Teeter and its vendor Titan Farms, donated over 32,000 pounds of peaches to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina 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 Feeding America Foods Banks. The total donation is over 58,000 pounds of peaches; the donation was split between Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC in Winston-Salem.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina provides food to more than 400 partner food assistance programs in northwest North Carolina. In its fiscal year 2013-2014, the food bank distributed over 25 million pounds of donated, purchased and prepared foods to its network of partner food assistance programs.

“We know that many people seeking food assistance from our network are struggling with health issues,” said Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. “This fact makes donations like this one from Titan Farms and Harris Teeter all the more important. Together, we’re doing more than providing calories. We’re supporting healthy communities. We’re grateful to both companies for their on-going support and especially pleased to mark National Hunger Action Day with them today.”

“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 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.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is the leading hunger-relief organization for an 18 county service area (Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. Iredell), working in partnership with more than 400 local food assistance programs that include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and special feeding programs for children and seniors. Together, we provide critical nutritional support for nearly 300,000 neighbors in need each year, including 100,000 children, and passionately pursue an end to hunger through outreach, education and advocacy. Special Second Harvest Food Bank programs include initiatives to combat childhood hunger, the Triad Community Kitchen culinary job training program, Nutrition Education Services and others. To learn more, visit http://www.hungernwnc.org.

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