By SHANNON WATKINS
Curves of Pulaski 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 a two-week period from March 11 to March 23.
The food harvest is part of Curves International’s fifteenth annual food drive, “Feed the Need,” which encourages Curves International’s club members to meet or exceed a goal of 100,000 donations during the drive.
“The ladies who come here to work out look forward to it every year,” said Cookie Carpenter, owner of the Pulaski Curves. “Our [local] goal is to get 1,000 pounds of food and add nine new members.”
Pulaski Curves has participated in every food drive since the original; Carpenter has been involved since she took ownership in 2006. Help for the very problem the drive seeks to combat is more difficult to come by, depending on how well potential donors are doing.
“We kinda had a low when the economy was bad,” she said, but noted proudly, “We always exceeded our goal.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the entire community to help. It’s not just for members. We’ll take donations from anybody, but ladies, if you clear out your pantries to make donations, we cannot take put of date products.”
Local charities that will be given the donations are Daily Bread, Fairview Home and the Pulaski County Backpack Program, with special emphasis on the latter.
On a national level, when combined donations from all Curves clubs reach the 100,000 donation goal, Curves International will donate 10% of their March 2013 profits to “Blessings in a Backpack,” a non-profit organization that ensures that impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.
For more information about Curves of Pulaski, located at 1030 East Main Street, and the 2013 Curves Food Drive, contact a Curves of Pulaski staff member at (540) 980-0094.