Curves Holding Annual Food Collection Drive

Curves International announces its 15th annual Food Drive, “Feed the Need,” and challenges Curves’ club members in the U.S. and Canada to meet a goal of 100,000 donations for the drive, which runs through Saturday.

Each club, including Curves of Jamestown/Lakewood & Falconer, is asking its members to donate bags of nonperishable food or cash to support their local community food bank. In addition, Curves of Jamestown/Lakewood will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to their local food bank during the two week period.

When combined donations from all Curves clubs reaches the goal of 100,000 donations, Curves International will donate 10 percent of March 2013 profits to “Blessings in a Backpack,” a nonprofit organization that ensures that impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.

“This year’s theme, ‘Feed the Need,’ really represents both what we want to accomplish with this year’s food drive and what we do as a business,” said a Curves of Jamestown/Lakewood staff member. “We want to help feed local families and school children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends – and we also want to ‘feed the need’ of local women seeking a health and fitness program that fits their busy lifestyle.”

Since its inception, the total contributions to local food banks from the annual Curves Food Drive exceed 75,000,000 pounds of food, according to Mike Raymond, Curves vice president of marketing. “Each year, we encourage our clubs and members to donate even more than the year before. 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 Curves of Jamestown/Lakewood, located at Chautauqua Mall, and the 2013 Curves Food Drive, contact a Curves of Jamestown/Lakewood staff member at 763-3838 or For more information about Curves, please visit