LONDONDERRY — The local Curve fitness center joins other area facilities to kick off the 13th annual food drive in April.

All next month, area Curves gyms will participate in the drive to collect nonperishable food and cash donations to benefit local food pantries.

Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food will receive a reusable food drive grocery bag. New membership fees will be waived during the drive for those donating food or money.

"Our goal is to top the donation that we made last year," said Curves founder Diane Heavin.

In addition to the food and monetary donations that each gym collects, Curves International offers gyms the opportunity to win cash prizes for local food banks.

Curves clubs have donated more than 61 million pounds of food in the United States and Canada since 2004.

For more information about Curves women's gyms in this area and the 2011 food drive, contact Curves in Londonderry at 4 Orchardview Drive at965-1088, or Curves in East Hampstead at 329-6622.

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