Harris Teeter and vendor Titan Farms, donated approximately 57,000 pounds of peaches to the Second Harvest Food Banks in Winston-Salem and Charlotte (NC) this past week to help feed the hungry in the local communities. This donation is part of the retailer’s participation in the inaugural “Peaches with A Purpose” program sponsored by peach grower Titan Farms.
Titan Farms 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. “We are very pleased to offer a program that will help our retail partners give back to their local communities,” says Chalmers Carr, president of Titan Farms. “We would love to make this an annual campaign that will get stronger each year.”
The 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 57,000 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.
“We are excited to be the first retailer to participate in Titan Farms’ Peaches with a Purpose program,” says 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.”
“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,” says 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.”