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Curves collecting food for local food bank

Donate a bag of groceries, Curves will waive fee for new members

During the entire month of April, Curves of Estacada will once again hold its annual food drive to collect non-perishable food, paper products and cash donations to benefit the Estacada Area Food Bank.

For those looking to become members of Curves, the food drive is a perfect time to join. By bringing in a bag of groceries for the food drive or a $30 minimum donation for the food bank, Curves will waive the $99 membership enrollment fee.

'We have done this every single year we have been here,' Curves of Estacada owner Susan Wagner said. 'This year, the food bank is looking for healthy, non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items, baby food, paper products or donations payable to the Estacada Area Food Bank.'

Those who donate to the food drive and are already a member of Curves will receive a Curves reusable shopping bag. On top of that, Wagner plans to set up a competition between those who work out in the morning and those who work out in the evening, to see who can bring in the most food.

'This is the second year we will have the competition to see which team can donate the most pounds of food,' she said. 'Last year, we received over 2,500 pounds of food, and it all went to the local food bank. For our little place, that's pretty impressive.'

Prizes will be given to the winning team, she added.

In addition to the food and monetary donations that each gym collects, Curves International is offering gyms the opportunity to win cash prizes for their local food banks. Prizes will be awarded to clubs with the most food collected, clubs who beat their 2010 donation level by the largest amount, and two randomly selected clubs drawn from all the clubs that enter the contest. Curves clubs have donated more than 61 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada since 2004.

This year's food drive will get off to a strong start when Curves International founders Gary and Diane Heavin are featured on ABC's 'Secret Millionaire,' airing Sunday, April 3.

The episode is intended to help Curves members understand how the Curves food drive is the perfect opportunity for each of them to give back to their own communities.

'The past few years have been difficult for many families,' Heavin stated in a March 21 press release. 'Curves annual food drive is one way that everyone in the Estacada area can make a real difference for a local family that is struggling. We encourage everyone, not just our members or those who are thinking about joining our gym, to make a cash donation or drop off a bag of non-perishable food items in April.'

For more information about Curves of Estacada, located at 321 S.W. Highway 224, and the 2011 food drive, contact a Curves of Estacada staff member at 503-630-7551 or swagner@cascadeaccess

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