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AG Cooper awards $100,000 to food banks across North Carolina

Release date: 8/5/2004

Winston-Salem: Attorney General Roy Cooper today announced that $100,000 in grants will go to food banks across North Carolina as part of a court-approved settlement.

“We know that in many cases, the local food bank is the only reason that a child goes to bed well-fed rather than hungry,” said Cooper, speaking at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, one of the grantees. “Food banks provide a critical service to many North Carolina families, and I’m pleased to be able to offer them this extra help in a time of need.”

Food banks in North Carolina serve hundreds of thousands of people each year through partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, food delivery programs, Meals-On-Wheels, and feeding programs for seniors, children and families. North Carolina food banks distribute more than 60 million pounds of food annually, according to America’s Second Harvest. Almost half of the people served by food banks in North Carolina are children, another 11 percent are elderly, and many others are among the working poor.

Cooper announced today that grants of $15,000 will go to the following: Food Bank of the Albemarle, located in Elizabeth City and serving 15 counties; the Food Bank of North Carolina, headquartered in Raleigh and serving 34 counties; MANNA Food Bank, located in Asheville and providing services in 16 counties; Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, located in Charlotte and serving 16 counties; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, providing services in 18 counties from its location in Winston-Salem; and Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC, headquartered in Fayetteville and serving seven counties.

Grants of $5,000 each will go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle of Raleigh, which serves seven counties, and to Community Food Rescue of Charlotte. Checks will go out to the grantees later this month.

The grants are part of a national settlement Cooper and 45 other attorneys general reached with Salton, Inc. in 2002 to resolve charges that the company manipulated pricing of its popular George Foreman™ grills. According to the states’ two-year investigation, Salton pressured retailers to fix prices for the grills and to pull from their shelves similar grills manufactured by other companies. The states allege that the company punished retailers that offered the grill at a discount or sold competitors’ grills by cutting off their supply of Salton products. Salton paid $8.2 million to the states to resolve these claims.

“The need for food banks is always great, not just in cold winter months but all year long,” said Cooper. “With hurricane season already hurting our state, we anticipate that even more families may turn to food banks for help in the months ahead.”

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