Celeb Chef Joins With Harris Teeter and Smithfield Foods to Fight Hunger

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, the Charlotte, N.C. area's largest food bank and food rescue agency, received a donation of 25,000 pounds of meat to help feed local families from Food Network celebrity "Chef Jeff" Henderson, Harris Teeter, and Smithfield Foods' "Helping Hungry Homes" initiative.

"Our goal is to get as much food to as many needy families as possible," noted Henderson, a Smithfield community spokesman.

"Harris Teeter is committed to ending hunger in the communities it serves," added Harris Teeter spokeswoman Jennifer Thompson, "Smithfield's continued support of our 'Harvest Feast' program is vital for Second Harvest and their clients."

"Helping Hungry Homes" was established to help ensure that American families in need get sufficient food. Earlier this year the initiative gave out 250,000 pounds of meat products to food banks in 10 of the nation's largest cities, supplying 1 million servings of protein to needy families.

"Our corporate community focus is feeding the hungry and helping the disadvantaged through education," said Smithfield Foods e.v.p. Joseph W. Luter IV.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina servea 14 North Carolina counties and five South Carolina counties, providing food for almost 650 partner agencies such as Urban Ministries soup kitchen, Loaves and Fishes emergency pantry, Florence Crittendon residential care facility, Uptown Men's Shelter, Friendship Trays senior program, and Walls Memorial A.M.E. Zion, a low-income day care provider.

Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ruddick Corp., a food market chain that operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, and Delaware. The company also operates stores in the District of Columbia. As well as its 176 retail stores, it also operates grocery, frozen food, and perishable distribution centers in Greensboro and Indian Trail, N.C., as well as the Hunter Farms milk and ice cream facility in High Point, N.C.

The world's largest producer and processor of pork and a leader in turkey processing, Smithfield Foods, based in Smithfield, Va., produces over 50 brands of pork and turkey products and more than 200 gourmet foods.
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