The Lawrence Weight Watchers center donated 400 pounds of food and diapers to local pantries on Thursday.
The donation was part of the national company’s second annual “Lose For Good” campaign that aims to raise awareness about two global epidemics — obesity and hunger.
Erin Easum, coordinator for the Lawrence center, said a majority of the center’s 200 members participated in the six-week campaign that ended in mid-October. They lost a total of 1,852 pounds and celebrated by donating food to represent their achievements.
Catherine Keeton, ECKAN Just Food coordinator, said local pantries are seeing an increase in need as the holidays approach. She said the timing couldn’t be better.
“We definitely appreciate efforts like this and it does all add up and really make a difference,” Keeton said.
Nationally, Weight Watchers shed 4 million pounds. As a result, the company donated $1 million to two organizations that fight hunger — Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.