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LIHUE — The community collectively lost nearly 2,000 pounds, and the Wilcox Health Systems collected more than 3,000 pounds of food.

“We just wanted to surpass our goal from last year,” said Faith Campbell, Wilcox Memorial Hospital spokeswoman. “We set this year’s goal based on the “A New You” lifestyle change program. This is a program which helps individuals manager their health, including weight loss.”

Campbell said the program has resulted in the community losing nearly 2,000 pounds. This was the figure used to determine this year’s goal.

Thursday, the Wilcox Hospital turned over part of its two-day delivery to the Kauai Independent Food Bank — 3,104 pounds and $130.

“Since we’ve kept records, this is more than double their contribution of last year,” said Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director. “In fact, this is the biggest contribution in five years for the hospital.”

Moniz said the Wilcox Hospital food contribution will be applied toward the KIFB Holiday Healthy Food and Fund drive, which has a goal of 40,000 pounds of food and $40,000.

The drive continues through Dec. 31 with Cub Scouts from Pack 148 hosting a food drive Sunday in the neighborhood surrounding the Ace Hardware store in Lihue.

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