Curves helps fill the shelves

The 15th annual food drive at Curves is underway across North America

Curves is feeding the need.

The 15th annual food drive at Curves is underway with a goal of getting 100,000 donations throughout Canada and the U.S., in Vernon.

The donations will benefit local food banks and the children’s charity Blessings in a Backpack.

The drive, which runs until Saturday, asks new and existing members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash for the local food bank.

In addition, Curves of Vernon will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to the Salvation Army.

When combined donations from all Curves clubs reaches the goal of 100,000 donations, Curves International will donate 10 per cent of March 2013 profits to Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that ensures that impoverished elementary school children can access food on the weekends throughout the school year.

Curves of Vernon staff want to help feed local families and school children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends.

“Each year, we encourage our clubs and members to donate even more than the year before,” said Mike Raymond, Curves Internationla vice-president of marketing.

“Our annual food drive is a great way for members and their communities to fill a real need by restocking the shelves in local food pantries across the U.S. and Canada during a time when they are usually low.”

For more information about Blessings in a Backpack, visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org/Home.aspx.

Curves Vernon staff are also involved in the Zimbabwe Project – a local organization dedicated to helping to improve the lives of Zimbabwean children.

“Zimbabwe has the unfortunate distinction of having the most orphans, and the most people living with HIV/AIDS, in the world,” said Angela Yablonski, with the project.

“Our goal is to provide these villages with a hand up rather  than a hand out and to assist in the start up of projects that will be self sustaining, such as pig raising projects, tree planting, sewing, carpentry and other projects that can carry on without our continued financial assistance.”

Another team of nine Vernon supporters is going to Zimbabwe April 6.

Visit www.zimbabweproject.com for more information.