Wabash Valley businesses are joining forces for a two-week food drive to benefit Catholic Charities Food Bank and encouraging area residents to Share Your Love.

“Really, hunger knows no season,” said Leah Myers, executive director of the Ryves Neighborhood Association which is organizing the drive.

From Tuesday to Feb. 15, nine Wabash Valley businesses are offering a variety of promotions in connection with the drive. Myers said the complete listing is available on the RNA’s website, www.ryvesneighborhood.org, as well as its Facebook page and a separate page dedicated to the Share Your Love Food Drive.

“The goal is to bring in as much food as we can. This is the first time for us doing it so it will be a success no matter what,” she said of work for Terre Haute Catholic Charities, the RNA’s fiscal agent. “Anything that’s nonperishable” can be donated.

Food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the Wabash Valley have been hit particularly hard in recent years, and Myers said the group wanted to do something outside the traditional season for food drives.

The project includes Tax Masters, which will offer $10 off services per food item donated with a maximum of three items. M. Moggers Restaurant and Pub is offering 10 percent off food purchase in return for three items of food donated. Pap’s Sandwich Deli is offering a free drink with any donation made. Gingersnaps is offering a 15 percent discount with a donation. Tastefully Simple will donate 20 percent of show sales to the cause, and arrangements should be made by calling Angela Johnson at (812) 249-8232.

The Wigwam Roller Rink will offer free skating between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in return for two donated food items. On the same day, Caboodle Cupcakes has agreed to donate 75 percent of its sales to the project.

Faithful Hearts Weddings will offer free vow renewals between 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12 in exchange for five food donations and Long’s School of Hair Design will offer a free wash and style Feb. 15 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in exchange for food donations.

According to Myers, 1 in 6 individuals within the Wabash Valley is food-insecure, meaning they have a limited or uncertain availability of food. In 2010, the Terre Haute Catholic Charities distributed more than 2.6 million pounds of food, roughly the equivalent of 2 million meals.

Brian Boyce can be reached at 812-231-4253 or brian.boyce@tribstar.com.

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