Curves of Geneva and its clients donated more than 4,000 pounds of food to the St. Peter Community Food Pantry.
The need for help from food pantries is greater than ever. Curves’ clients literally doubled the amount of food donated this year over last year.
Steffanie Barringer, owner of Curves of Geneva, said the food drive was a contest between the Curves in Elgin and the Curves in Geneva. The losing manager promised to wear purple hair for a day. Steffanie and Elgin manager Stephanie Ross agreed their members did so well, they each wore purple hair for a day.
“We are just happy to be able to help those in need during this economic slump. We both have great, caring members,” Barringer said.
“We greatly appreciate the generous donation from Curves,” said Joe Cannizzaro, who is one of the pantry leaders. “Since last summer the number of families utilizing the pantry has increased by 30 percent.”
The ministry currently provides food and hygiene items to 275 families twice a month. St. Peter Community Food Pantry has been serving the Fox Valley for more than 20 years and is run by a 100 percent volunteer workforce. The church donates the space and other operating expenses. Monetary and nonperishable food and hygiene items come from church members and food drives organized by local organizations and businesses. Questions about the pantry or inquiries about hosting a food drive can be directed to St. Peter parish center at (630) 232-0124, ext. 444.