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Duke’s Mayonnaise Will Partner with Second Harvest Bank of Northwest North Carolina to Provide Food for Local Families


College football fans eagerly await The Duke’s Mayo Classic, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish taking on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In lead up to game day in Winston-Salem, Duke’s Mayonnaise, a staple in southern recipes for over 100 years, will support the hometown community of the Demon Deacons by helping to provide food for families whose lives and livelihoods have been upturned by COVID-19.

“We were excited when Duke’s Mayonnaise approached us with an offer to support a special food distribution for families who, in the face of job loss or reduced hours and other challenges, find themselves struggling to afford all of the food they need to sustain themselves,” said Eric Aft, Chief Executive Officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. “The need in our communities is great and, unfortunately, expected to worsen as various supports are no longer available. Second Harvest is in this work of feeding community for the long haul. Partners like Duke’s Mayonnaise make our work possible.

“We believe in supporting our communities by helping to feed those who struggle to do so on a day to day basis, in order to give them a chance at sustainability and a more prosperous future. That belief makes this event with Second Harvest Food Bank a natural fit, as we both want to fill a critical need in our communities,” said Tom Barbitta, VP of Marketing for Duke’s. 

US Foods, a longtime friend and supporter of the Food Bank and its Providence culinary programs, is also contributing to the planned food distribution event, which will be providing families with fresh produce, dairy, and other staple food items, including a fresh loaf of bread, ripe tomatoes, and a jar of Duke’s Mayonnaise for each of the hundreds of households expected to attend.


Media is invited to cover the event; however, Second Harvest is requesting that there be NO ADVANCE PROMOTION PLEASE OF THIS PARTICULAR EVENT OR LOCATION, as it is expected to exceed capacity. Details for each distribution will be made public on Second Harvest’s Facebook page ONLY.

September 24 – 9 a.m. to noon

Wells Fargo’s ADMIN – Ops Center

401 North Research Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101.

In the event of inclement weather, call or text t Jenny Moore at 336.413.4254 to confirm the event is proceeding.  


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on many families. Many people are struggling financially and facing tough choices between paying for food, shelter, or other necessities. This event is an extension of all that Duke’s and US Foods does every day to nourish our community.




About Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, we believe that everyone deserves to eat and that all communities can be healthy and hunger-free.  We address both the immediate food assistance needs of families as well as the causes of poverty and food insecurity. We are the primary source for food for a network of more than 430 local food assistance programs (pantries, community kitchens, shelters, and meals programs for children and seniors) serving communities throughout 18 Northwest North Carolina Counties. We operate Providence Culinary Training and two non-profit restaurants. Every day, we strive to address the critical connections between hunger and health, with a focus on alleviating childhood hunger, providing impactful nutrition education, advocating for policies that strengthen families, and collaborating with others to build locally relevant solutions to hunger and poverty. We are a proud member of Feeding the Carolinas and of Feeding America. Learn more about our work and get involved at


About Duke’s Mayo

Duke’s Mayonnaise celebrated 100 years of its bold and palate-thrilling presence in southern cuisine in 2017. In addition to the five new regionally inspired Duke’s Southern Sauces and Duke’s Real Mayonnaise (still made according to Eugenia Duke’s original recipe), the brand offers light mayonnaise, mayonnaise with olive oil, tartar sauce and sandwich relish.) For more information, please visit

Duke’s Mayonnaise is owned by Sauer Brands, Inc., which was founded as The C.F. Sauer Company in 1887 in Richmond, VA. Today, the company produces a broad line of inspired flavors to excite and delight consumers in the condiments, spices, seasonings and extracts categories. The company’s manufacturing facilities include locations in Richmond, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; New Century, Kansas; San Luis Obispo, California, and Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Besides Duke’s Mayonnaise, the company’s brands include The Spice Hunter, Sauer’s, Gold Medal, BAMA, Kernel Seasons, and Tasty Shakes. Sauer Brands also produces high quality private label products for the retail and food service channels. Learn more at


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