CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thanksgiving dinner will be possible this year for many families thanks to an annual tradition that kicked off at Stonecrest Shopping center Friday. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina's 'Harvest Feast Food Drive' will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the next two weekends in the Harris Teeter at Stonecrest on Rea Road. They will have family fun both Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm with activities designed especially for kids.
There are over 400,000 people living at or below the poverty level in the 19 counties Second Harvest serves, and these donations will go to provide holiday meals to many of those in need. Over 200,000 who benefit from donations are children and seniors.
If you can't make it to the food drive at Stonecrest November 9,10, 16 or 17 you can donate at any Harris Teeter store through November 30. You'll see the bins at the front of stores, or you can make a donation when you're checking out by purchasing a $1, $5, or $20 donation card. Those financial donations will be converted into gift cards that the food bank can use throughout the year.
Harris Teeter is headquartered in Matthews and has been a huge supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank. Today local members of the media came out to help drum up support for the drive. Jamie Boll and I took on some of our peers at a friendly basketball free throw contest.
Kay Carter Executive Director for Second Harvest thanked the many corporate sponsors, like Harris Teeter, for providing financial support, as well as turkeys and hams for families to enjoy.