Harris Teeter raises $210,000 to combat hunger

Posted December 10, 2009 9:20 a.m. EST

— Harris Teeter raised $210,000 during its 2009 Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign, thanks to its customers, the grocery chain announced Thursday.

Launched to bring attention to the problem of hunger, the money raised will stay in the market in which it was donated, the company said. Harris Teeter will distribute gift cards to its 22 food bank partners in the amount raised in their service area.

Beginning Oct. 28, donation bins were placed at the entrance of all 194 Harris Teeter stores to collect non-perishable food items. Shoppers also had the opportunity to purchase a $5 or $20 donation card at check-out. The drive ended on Dec. 1 and raised $8,000 more than the previous year.

As part of the Harvest Feast Food Drive and Donation Card Campaign, Harris Teeter also hosted a Harvest Feast dinner event in Charlotte, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.

With the help of vendors and community partners, Harris Teeter fed 6,129 community members a free holiday meal in Charlotte, 3,885 people in Raleigh and more than 15,000 people at Fed-Ex Field during the Harris Teeter/Redskins event.

Any food remaining after the events was donated to a partner food agency in the area and distributed to emergency soup kitchens and shelters.

The following organizations assisted Harris Teeter: Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte Area Transit System, LYNX, WBTV, WRFX 99.7, City of Raleigh, Raleigh Convention Center, Centerplate, Capital Area Transit, Chapel Hill Transit, Durham Area Transit Authority, United Way of the Greater Triangle, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, WRAL, Mix 101.5 and WILM.