Friday, November 20, 2009


The Washington Redskins, Harris Teeter, Ryan Homes, Operation Blessing, and Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Partner to Distribute Food to Prince George’s County Residents in Need

Landover, MD - On Tuesday, November 24th at 1:00 p.m. Redskins Owners Daniel M. Snyder and Dwight Schar and Redskins players including Ladell Betts, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall and their families will join the Hogettes and over 300 corporate volunteers from FedEx, Harris Teeter, Ryan Homes, and Wachovia to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets at FedExField to Prince George’s County residents in need. This is the seventh year the Redskins have hosted this food distribution event. The Harris Teeter- Redskins “Harvest Feast” presented by Ryan Homes will be held rain or shine on the main level concourse between the Sprint Gate and Comcast Gate at FedExField.

The event is not open to the general public. Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will determine eligibility for participation in the Harris Teeter- Redskins Harvest Feast food distribution program. In order to qualify, proof of residency must be provided and residents must meet established income guidelines. For more information on eligibility requirements residents should contact Prince George’s County Department of Social Services at 301-909-7153.

Media is encouraged to attend the Thanksgiving food basket assembly starting at 10:30 a.m. and the distribution which will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Redskins will provide families with a whole turkey; in total over 36,000 pounds of turkey, provided by Harris Teeter, will be distributed. In addition, over 108,600 pounds of packaged and fresh food will be provided by Operation Blessing to complete the Thanksgiving food baskets. All children in attendance will receive a special children’s gift bag which includes a Redskins Read activity book, toys and treats.

Volunteers from the Health Care for All! Coalition, Maryland’s free and low-cost health care program, will be on-site to distribute information and answer questions from Marylanders about the new eligibility guidelines and various public health care coverage options.

FedEx Special Delivery will feature a Redskins player delivering turkeys and Thanksgiving food baskets to the following Prince George’s County shelters: Prince George's County Transitional Housing Department in Landover, Family Crisis Center in Lanham and
Shepherds Cove in Capitol Heights.

Since 2003 when the Redskins started the program, over 600,000 pounds of packaged and fresh food and 204,000 pounds of turkey have been gifted to families in need in our area.

About the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic arm of the team, combines the influence and popularity of the Washington Redskins with the resources and assets of Washington area corporations. Founded by owner Daniel M. Snyder, the Charitable Foundation is guided by its Leadership Council that consists of CEOs who help shape and define the philanthropic efforts of the Redskins to achieve a measurable impact on youth development in the areas of education, community outreach and health and wellness. Visit and click on Community for more information.

About Harris Teeter
Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 36th largest supermarket in the United States with 2008 sales of $3.99 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 21,000 associates and has 194 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida, and the District of Columbia.

About Ryan Homes
Ryan Homes is the Washington Metro Area’s largest homebuilder, operating under the corporate umbrella of NVR along with NVHomes, NVR Mortgage, and NVR Building Products. As one of the top ten home builders and financial service companies in the United States, Ryan Homes was started as a family business in Pittsburgh and has built a successful operation that now spans the Eastern half of the United States. Ryan Homes now operates in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Ryan Homes has been building quality single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums to meet every lifestyle for over 60 years. Ryan Homes is the largest home builder in Prince Georges County, Md.

About Operation Blessing
Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the largest charities in America, providing strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, clean water and community development in 22 countries around the world on a daily basis. In 2009, OBI was awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted 4 star rating for sound fiscal management for the fifth year in a row, a feat that only 4% of rated charities have ever achieved. Forbes, which currently ranks OBI as one of "America's 200 Largest Charities" as well as one of "America’s Most Efficient Charities," awarded OBI a perfect 100% rating in fundraising efficiency and 99% efficiency in charitable commitment. Additionally, the Chronicle of Philanthropy recently ranked OBI as the 58th largest non-governmental organization and 9th largest international charity. Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing International has touched the lives of more than 215 million people in more than 105 countries and 50 states, providing goods and services valued at over $2.1 billion to date.

OBI's Hunger Strike Force (HSF) has delivered and given away more than 603 million pounds of food since 1992. Its fleet of trailer trucks transports a weekly average of 2 million pounds of food and relief supplies to a network of 120 community-based partners in the USA. The food is then distributed to roughly 4,400 local food pantries and hunger relief agencies nationwide.

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