Fitness club aims to feed homeless children

Posted December 13, 2008 9:08 a.m. EST

— Lifestyles Family Fitness is holding "Snack Attack Drive" to benefit homeless Wake County students who are staying at the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

School districts nationwide have been seeing more of their students become homeless as their parents faced layoffs and foreclosures this year. Many of those students in Wake County have ended up at the Raleigh Mission, which provides temporary housing.

"School districts don't have the funding to purchase food for homeless student," said Cassie Bouldin, a community affairs manager for Lifestyle. "We're calling on everyone in Raleigh to donate snack foods at any of our clubs to help these students or their siblings."

Organizers recommended donating nonperishable items, such as: applesauce, fruit cups, Jell-o, pudding, NutriGrain bars, chewy granola bars, dried fruit and snack crackers.

Donations can be made at any of the Lifestyle's four Raleigh clubs. Visit the fitness club's Web site for the addresses and phone numbers of the facilities.