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Titan Farms, Ridge Spring, S.C., and Harris Teeter, Matthews, N.C., have donated 219,000 pounds of peaches to food banks through the Peaches with a Purpose program over the past five years.

The peaches go to Second Harvest Food Banks in Winston-Salem and Metrolina/Charlotte, N. Carolina, according to a news release.

“Five years ago, we never would have imagined the impact Peaches with a Purpose could have on these communities,” Lori Anne Carr, vice president of Titan Farms, said in the release. “Giving back and supporting local communities has always been important to us, and we are grateful we have been able to partner with Harris Teeter to help the food impoverished for so many years in a row.”

The grower-shipper created the program to help feed needy residents while bringing attention to food security in the U.S.

“It is imperative that those living in poverty can afford and have access to healthy food options and produce,” Kay Carter, executive director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, said in the release. “We are very grateful for this support that has made such a difference in so many lives.”

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