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Yakima's Weight Watchers members donate food to needy

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YAKIMA--KNDO's Family Food Drive is only a month away, but donations are already headed Northwest Harvest's way.

You know the goal of Weight Watchers:  to help their members cut the pounds.  But this year, they're also trying to gain pounds, in the form of food for families in need.

With the Lose for Good campaign, Weight Watchers groups from all over the country are dropping pounds and picking up food for others.

The Yakima chapter's 500 or so members lost 2100 pounds over the past month-and-a-half while collecting more than 400 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.

This food will make its way to the community's most needy:  senior citizens and families with young children.

One member said helping this cause didn't take much consideration.

"There's a huge obesity epidemic and there's a hunger epidemic in this country," Lisa Willie said.  In 2005, Willie lost 101 pounds using Weight Watchers.  "This was a way that we could motivate and help people in both of those areas."

Early numbers from Weight Watchers chapters nationwide show they'll donate about 2 million pounds of food, while members have lost roughly 4 million pounds themselves.