Ariagno said that Curves has provided food during the March campaign for the last five years, and conducts identical campaigns at locations worldwide. “It has to be an astronomical amount of food collected world wide. Some cities have two, three or four locations.”
Curves Manager Faye Hainesworth said that her location provides incentives to encourage members to contribute to the drive. “If a member or new member brought in a bag of food, the membership fee drops to $30. Normally it costs $149.” She said that the campaign attracted eight new members, while many existing members chose March to renew their memberships. She added that some members chose October to renew memberships due to a breast cancer awareness campaign. Food donors also received a reusable grocery bag for shopping if they agreed to work out three times per week.
“The food collected goes straight to the food bank,” said Ariagno. “We give it away. There’s never any money exchanged there.”
For more on Curves' drive for Helping Hands, see this week's Cadiz Record.