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Fitness Centers Lead Effort to Support Faith Centre's Food Bank

by on March 08, 2018 5:56 PM

Victory Sports and Fitness in State College and its Bellefonte branch, Empower Boot Camp Fitness, are leading a drive this month to support Faith Centre's food bank and pet food pantry.

The effort comes ahead of the 12th annual Faith Centre 5K and King and Queen of the Hills 10K Challenge on April 7 in support of the food bank and pet food pantry.

"We are going to have a team with some our clients to run and walk, so we thought that would be a good addition to support their organization," said Lauryn Weaver, assistant manager at Victory.

Starting Monday, March 12, and continuing through March 31, the two fitness centers will be collecting needed items for Faith Centre. Victory is located at 178 Rolling Ridge Drive in State College and Empower is at 102 E. Bishop St. in Bellefonte.

Items needed are:

- Low Sodium Canned Vegetables

- Canned Tuna and/or Chicken

- Whole Grain Pasta

- Canned Soup

- Dog Food

- Cat Food

At Victory, the best drop-off times are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For Empower, the best times are 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday; and 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.

Empower Bootcamp Fitness opened as a branch of Victory Sports and Fitness, and Weaver said this is one of their first opportunities to reach out and give back in the Bellefonte community.

"We often do different food banks or fundraisers supporting anybody that’s in need or local organizations," Weaver said. "This is a way to help out and it’s a different community. It’s kind of our first reach out to the Bellefonte area."

Faith Centre, located in downtown Bellefonte, offers a thrift store, where the pet food pantry is located, at 110 W. High St., along with a variety of services in addition to the food bank at 131 S. Allegheny St. 

Registration is open online here for the April 7 walk/run.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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