MANCHESTER CENTER - 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 during the donation period, which began on March 11 and ends on March 23. Each club, including Curves of Manchester Center, is asking its members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash to support their local community food bank.

In addition, Curves of Manchester Center 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.*

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 non-profit organization that ensures that impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.

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 Curves Vice President of Marketing Mike Raymond.

"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.


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S. and Canada during a time when they are usually low," Raymond said.

For more information about Curves of Manchester Center, located at 4977 Main St., and the 2013 Curves Food Drive, contact a Curves of Manchester Center staff member at 802-362-1934 or 9ZP32ML@curvesmail.com.

For more information about Curves, please visit www.curves.com.

* Offer based on first visit enrollment, minimum 12 month e.f.t. program or joining Curves Complete. New members only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at participating locations through March 23, 2013.